Grade Retention Risks are Much Higher With Coronavirus School Closings
Grade Retention is a much risk for a child who is behind. With schools closing for months, this problem will get worse. We acknowledge that grade retention risks will rise. Parents could take actions that will significantly improve your child’s reading comprehension and reduce grade retention risks.
The primary reason that grade retention may be considered is because a child’s reading comprehension is well below grade level. We have helped many students to significantly improve their reading comprehension. Often we get calls about this in June — it is not too late then. The one advantage with schools closing in March is parents still have over 4 months to get their child close to or at grade level.
The 3D Learner Program (R) has done this for many students.
The one difference in 2020 is that we have now move our Learning Center online. Now, we can now help students from all over the country.
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 2019 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
The big difference in 2020 is that there will be no third grade test and no mandatory third grade retention.
The challenge is that with schools likely to be closed for the balance of the school year. the struggling student is likely to fall further behind.
Challenges with Grade Retention
- 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
- A KIDS COUNT Special Report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that a child who is retained in third grade is 4 times more likely to drop out of high school. For the economically challenges student, they were 6 times more likely to drop out
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