Grade Retention Risks are Much Higher for a Visual Learner
Grade Retention is often a risk for a child who is a visual learner. Does your child:
- Remember places visited, even from years ago?
- Learn best when he or she sees and experience information?
- Have a reading comprehension level that is below what you would expect?
If this describes your child, there is a good chance that your child is a visual learner — who can do far better if they are taught to his or her strengths
If you want to take action now — call 3D Learner at 561-361-7495
Grade Retention from Our Perspective
- Most studies do not support grade retention
- There has been precious little effort or success in reducing mandatory third grade retention rates
- In Florida, for the 2018 FSA, 20% of the 3rd graders scored a Level 1 on the third grade reading FSA, putting them at risk for third grade retention
- Too often grade retention is now being used in first and second grades, to reduce failure rates in third grade — where the schools are help accountable
History of Third Grade Retention in Florida
Back in 2004, Florida initiated a mandatory third grade retention policy for students who did not pass the state mandated reading test. The only pro of grade retention is when a student is developmentally behind and would benefit from repeating the same grade. This is most likely to happen when a student was among the youngest in his class to enter school or when a student has a lower IQ
The cons to grade retention include:
- The student gets the feeling they are not smart, or even that they are stupid — not our favorite word
- The student “loses” the friends they have
- An increased chance that the child will eventually drop-out of school
- Schools may recommend grade retention when the student’s biggest problem is he or she is not being taught to read in a way that works for him or her
- The schools do not identify that the child is a visual learner, and if the child is retained, the student does not make the desired gains the following year
In Florida, there are Good Cause Exemptions to Third Grade Retention
Parents sometimes call early in the school year, but more often the calls come in late May or June — the best time to act to avoid grade retention in the earlier grades or third grade retention is to act NOW!!! Call us at 561-361-7495
The Single Best Way to Beat Grade Retention
When a parent calls us about a grade retention risk — the most likely reason is that their child’s reading comprehension is below grade level. Then we ask a series of questions:
- Does your child remember places visited, even from years ago?
- Does your child learn best when he or she sees and experiences information?
- Is your child a lot smarter than his or her present level of reading comprehension would indicate?
- Does your child lose focus when doing something that is boring or frustrating?
- Does your child skip words and/or lines when reading?
When we ask these questions, most parents ask yes to at least 3 or 4 of these questions, and close to half answer yes to all 5 of these questions.
What do these questions indicate. That the child may be a visual learner with attention and/or eye-teaming issues.
The first three are very common for what we call the visual learner — a child who learns best when he or she sees and experiences information. These are the students where a phonics-based approach may not be optimal. These students need to learn to visualize the words and what they mean.
The visual learner is also more likely to have attention or eye-teaming issues, where the student skips words and/or lines when reading.
At 3D Learner, we have helped many parents to avoid grade retention in the earlier grades and third grade retention by improving their child’s reading comprehension, attention and eye-teaming.
We have developed a no cost On-line Assessment, that screens for the visual learner and whether your child may have attention and/or eye-teaming challenges.
This assessment is best done with your child.
The good news is that you can probably make the difference and prepare your child for success.
Click here to access the 3D Learner On-Line Assessment, you will get immediate feedback, and then you can call us for a complimentary Stress to Success Strategy Session at 561-361-7495