3rd Grade Retention scared Jennifer. Her son had failed the 3rd Grade Reading FCAT and has been retained in 3rd grade. She just received a note that said, Your Child is Not Meeting Grade Level Requirements and may be at risk for third grade retention.
Jennifer had been delighted to hear that the 3rd Grade Reading FCAT had ended, but she was not aware that the new 3rd Grade Reading Florida Standards Assessment would be much harder.
The teacher commented the new Third Grade Florida Standards Assessment was based on the new Common Core Standards — although the state calls them the new Florida State Standards.
3D Learner works with teachers, schools, districts and the State Department of Education and we have trouble keeping it straight.
We see a lot of misinformation, and want to clarify the situation the best we can, based on what we know on October 21st, 2014 — knowing that everything can change
Point 1 – The Third Grade Reading FCAT is history and it will be replaced by the Third Grade Reading Florida Standards Assessment
Point 2 – The new Florida State Standards are slightly different than the Common Core Standards — but the two are essentially the same
Point 3 – Third Grade Retention Policy is still in force, and it is likely to impact many more students, since the test is much harder
Point 4 – The Florida Department of Education has posted the answers to some frequently asked questions— point 5 clearly says the 3rd grade retention policy is still in force.
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