New Florida State Standards and Common Core Standards in 44 states are presenting real challenges in Public, Charter and Private Schools for students in 4th grade and above who learn differently
Each week we get calls from very concerned parents with messages like this:
- The school is threatening to retain my child, I think I will pull my child out starting tomorrow
- My child was doing well until this year and now he has gone from an A/B student to a C/D student– HELP!!!
- My child is in private school and while we do not have to deal with the Common Core Assessments, my smart child is struggling
- My child is being tutored 4 hours a week, but it is not helping. What should I do?
The first answer to this question is to understand that …
More Smart Students Than Ever are Struggling
With the introduction of the new Florida State Standards or Common Core Standards in other states, more students than ever are struggling. In states like Florida, this is the first year the curriculum is based on the new standards for students in 4th grade and above. If your child learns differently and is what we call a right-brain learner, your child may struggle even more. Right-brain learners often have difficulty understanding what they read, find complex questions and tests very difficult, and are more likely to struggle because they often have attention, visual tracking and/or related issues that make reading far more difficult.
At 3D Learner, our expertise includes:
- Helping parents to understand why your smart child is struggling
- Sharing strategies that can help immediately at no cost
- Offering intensive and effective programs that can lead to Success in Months and Not Years
The key questions you might want to consider include:
- Does my child remember places visited, even from years ago?
- Does my child lose focus when reading?
- Does my child skip words and lines when reading?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, as so many of our parents do, your child may need a support that schools cannot provide. What is most surprising to us is how many children learn differently and have both an attention and visual tracking issue.
Students with Dyslexia, a Learning Disability or ADHD used to be the struggling students. With the new and much, much harder Florida State Standards and Common Core Standards,…
now many smart and even gifted students are struggling.
Your child’s school may tell you that your child’s reading level is just below grade level, but there are three issues with that:
- Schools often focus on Reading Fluency (how well your child reads out loud), when reading comprehension is the real challenge (how well your child understands what she reads)
- School interventions often focus on improving reading and not reading comprehension
- You probably need to look elsewhere to find ways to dramatically improve your child’s reading comprehension
Sue, the mother of a 7th grader, reported that her son’s school had assessed his reading and it was about a year below grade level. Then he completed our 3D Learner Assessment that showed he learned differently, had an attention issue, skipped words and lines when reading and his…
reading comprehension was 4 years below grade level.
Mom was furious because she had invested thousands of dollars in an excellent phonics-based program. The program had improved her son’s reading fluency (i.e. how well he reads out loud) but his reading comprehension (i.e. how well he understands what he reads) was still way behind.
No wonder he hated to read and homework was taking forever!
With the 3D Learner Program ® and a committed effort, this young man was able to make 4 years gains in his reading comprehension in 6 months. His reading speed doubled, homework time was reduced by 50%, and he became far more independent.
We have had many students like this one over the years. However, the new standards that are being implemented result in a significant number of students who are below grade level.
Up to half of the printed fourth-grade curriculum is incomprehensible to students who read below that grade level.
A.E. Casey Foundation
This was written back in 2010, when the reading material was far easier than it will be next year, with the new and much more rigorous standards.
With the new Common Core Standards, known as the Florida State Standards in Florida, more and more students in grades 4 and above are facing three major challenges:
- The reading standards are much higher and the average student is a year or more further behind than what the student would have been with the old standards (e.g. a student who was 2 years below grade level is now 3 or more years below grade level)
- Reading comprehension is now woven into the math, social studies and science curriculum to a far greater extent than ever before.
- Your child who was not previously taught using the new standards will now be expected to know what now will be covered in the previous years so your child can handle the new and tougher standards he or she will have to meet next year.
The challenges will be even greater for students who learn differently and have a combination of attention, visual tracking and related challenges. This diagram is worth repeating, because it visually shows the challenges your child might be facing.
When these issues overlap, students have difficulties that go unnoticed by teachers.
At 3D Learner, we would like to help you understand:
- What is your child’s reading comprehension based on the new standards
- Does your child learn differently, and does your child have an attention, visual tracking, or related issue that is holding him or her back
- How you can help your child to get back to grade level in months and not years
We would like to offer you the following:
- If you have not already done so, complete the assessment at the bottom of this page and it will help you to screen for a learning difference and an attention, visual processing and related challenges
- A no cost web-based reading test that will provide you with your child’s vocabulary level and their present reading speed and silent reading comprehension levels. (For reading assessment instructions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Request reading assessment)
3 Things You Can Immediately Do To Help Your Child
- To better understand how your child learns, and how you can capitalize on those strengths, DOWNLOAD Mira’s short, uplifting book “Life is a Ball, Don’t Put Me in a Box.”
- Take our free Online Success Assessment. It will help you see if your child learns differently.
- After taking the assessment, give us a call and ask us your questions. We’ll help you better understand what your child is dealing with, and what you can do to make a positive difference. You will also have the opportunity to join our weekly conference call.
Click the button below to begin the assessment.