Improve reading comprehension – this should be a top priority for the many middle schoolers who are 2, 3, 4 and sometimes even 5 years below grade level in reading comprehension.
In Florida, middle school students who scored below grade level on the English Language Assessment or the Math Assessment were required to take remedial classes. The focus was to help students improve reading comprehension and math skills. The downside was the kids were losing electives, not making the desired gains and frustrating students and parents. As a result,
The Florida Legislature Passed a New Law
The Florida Legislature and Governor passed a law that allows a parent to decline these courses. See page 11 on the Florida Department of Education discussion on House Bill 7069.
Improve Reading Comprehension for Florida Middle School Students
Florida has received accolades for their 4th Grade Reading NAEP scores — that are 4 points above the national average. The challenge is that by 8th grade Florida students are below the national average.
Great 4th Grade Results – Bad 8th Grade Results — Parents Must Act
Florida’s better than average 4th grade results are probably attributable to a focus on the early grades and other factors that are often not discussed including:
- Third Grade Retention policies mean the lowest 10 percent of the third grade class spends an extra year in third grade and does somewhat better in 4th grade
- The McKay Scholarship allows a number of parents to move their child to private school at public expense — if their child has an IEP or 504 Plan
- Many parents are choosing to home school their child
Taking Away Remediate Does Not Improve Reading Comprehension
The challenge is we now see high school students who are now 4, 5, 6 and even more years below grade level in their reading comprehension. We agree that school based remediation programs are both frustrating and deprive students their option of taking electives. but
the challenge is that this now shifts the need from schools to parents to improve their child’s reading comprehension.
We hit this exact wall 25 years ago. Mira Halpert,M.Ed., then developed the 3D Learner Program that helped our daughter to improve her reading comprehension 4.2 grade levels in 7 months, and we have
had other students who made 3,4 and even 5 years gains in their reading comprehension within 6 months. The key is their parents chose to make the difference. Specifically, we would like to share …
Three key points:
1- For the middle or high school student who is behind in their reading comprehension the gap widens. It also directly impacts grades, test scores and prospects for colleges and careers.
2- For a program to work for middle and high school students, it needs to engage the child. It also needs to identify and address the relevant attention, eye-teaming, working memory, processing speed and/or anxiety challenges that often impact these students
3- As a parent, it is up to you to find the right resources to help your child.
3D Learner has helped hundreds of middle and high school students to make dramatic gains in their reading speed and comprehension, their year to learn, and their ability to succeed in high school, college and beyond
To find out more either:
- Take our Success Assessment with your child. It screens for a learning difference and for attention, eye-teaming and anxiety challenges. This no cost assessment may help your child and you to understand their potential and what is holding your child back. You will get immediate feedback and then you can call us at 561-361-7495 for an Improve Reading Comprehension Strategy Session or
- Call us at 561-361-7495