Third Grade Retention Laws, What You Need to Know is a good article written by Andrew Lee of Understood.
The three key takeaways from the article are:
- Many states have laws that require students to repeat third grade if they can’t read at a certain level.
- These third-grade retention laws differ from state to state.
- In some states, the law offers exceptions for some students.
If your child is at risk for third grade retention, we recommend you:
- Take our Success Assessment with your child
- Call us for a no cost Stress to Success Strategy Session at 561-361-7495
- Take actions starting today to improve your child’s reading comprehension and future success
The Florida third grade retention law has been in place since 2004, and there are three things a parent show know:Third Grade Retention is mandatory if your child does not either pass the third grade English Language Assessment or meet one of the Good Cause Exemptions
Opting out of the third grade English Language Assessment means your child must meet one of the Good Cause Exemptions. These are all harder to meet for the struggling student. For a student who is at risk for third grade retention, we recommend parents fully understand the risks before optiong out.
Improving reading comprehension and reducing test anxiety are two excellent ways to both avoid third grade retention and to prepare your child for 4th grade and beyond
Understanding Third Grade Retention Risks and Your Options
We offer three ways to learn more about how you can help your child to understand why your child may be at risk for avoid third grade retention. These include:
- A no Cost Success Assessment that screens for a learning difference and attention and eye-teaming issues. Do this assessment with your child — their answers may surprise you
- Call us at 561-361-7495 for a no cost Stress to Success Assessment where we will explain the risks and ways you can help your child succeed
- We offer an in-office Focus Assessment that includes:
- Assessing your child’s present leading comprehension level – we often find that a child at risk for third grade retention has a reading comprehension level that is well below grade level — the good news we can often significantly improve your child’s reading comprehension in months not years
- Assessing for an attention, eye-teaming and anxiety challenge. Parents have been shocked to see how quickly their child loses focus, that their child skips words and/or lines when reading, and/or that their child’s heart rate spikes when we even mention the third grade reading test. We have seen heart rates go from 90 to over 140 beats per minute when we just mention the test. Go to Focus Assessment to see the attention and eye-teaming assessments in action.
- A review of the situation where we provide strategies to help your child succeed and ways we can help
Take action today by either taking our Success Assessment and/or calling us at 561-361-7495 and put your child on his or her Pathway to Success.