Third Grade Retention Risks — Proactive Parenting Can Make The Difference
Third Grade Retention risks are real in Florida and many other states. The staff of Understood has written an article on Third Grade Retention Laws: What You Need to Know. NCLD and LDA of America have put together an Infographic on third grade retention laws.
Wrights Law provides valuable legal information. Here is one article on 10 Strategies to Beat Grade Retention but they assume that students who face third grade retention would benefit from a dyslexia treatment. This may not be right. The best program for your child is one that teaches to your child’s strengths, identifies and addresses your child’s challenges and done it quickly and effectively. As a parent, you probably want to have your child promoted to 4th grade with the required skills to succeed in 4th grade and beyond.
Critical Question — Is Your Child a Visual Learner?
We have found that most students who face third grade retention learn differently and have an attention, eye-teaming and/or a related issue. That is, your child might be a visual learner, who learns best when he or she sees and experiences information. Your child may also lose focus when taking tests and/or skip words and lines when reading.
Common Challenges a Visual Learner with an attention, eye-teaming and/or anxiety challenge may face include:
- Either skipping over the small words or not understanding what he or she reads
- Not recognizing words — even after they have seen the word multiple times
- Not understanding what he or she reads when reading long grade level passages
- Losing focus when taking tests — we often see students given time and a half on tests — instead of 80 minutes for a test they get 120 minutes or 2 hours. By the end of 20 or 30 minutes the child has lost focus and may change right answers into wrong ones
- Skipping words and lines when reading
- Getting anxious on high stakes tests
- Not understanding some of the test passages, because they have not been reading much
If this describes your child, then you want to consider a program that teaches to your child’s strengths, while addressing the relevant issues.
Before recommending a strategy to Beat Third Grade Retention, we recommend screening to see if your child learns differently and whether your child has an attention, eye-teaming and or related challenges.
Is Your Child a Bright Right-Brain or Visual Learner who Would Benefit from a Right-Brain Program?
Considering the following questions:
Does your child remember details from places visited, even from years ago?
Does your child learn best when he or she sees and experiences information?
Is your child a lot smart than the results would indicate?
If this sounds like your child, would you like to know more about a right-brain program that capitalizes on his or her strengths, identifies and addressed their challenges, and delivers quick, significant and long lasting results.
Sarah was a classic case. The psychologist had diagnosed Sarah with dyslexia, the school had diagnosed her with learning disabilities, and mom was told her daughter was going to get a Level 1 on the third grade reading FSA and face third grade retention. The recommended dyslexia treatment had not worked. The programs at school to address the learning disabilities had not worked. Third grade retention was almost a certainty.
Sarah’s mom saw the questions above, and it piqued her interest. The next few questions described her daughter:
- Does your child lose focus when doing homework or taking long tests?
- Does your child skip words and/or lines when reading?
- Does your child get anxious when taking long tests?
Her daughter was the classic bright right-brain learner — she learned differently, she had both attention and eye-teaming challenges and test anxiety was an issue. All these characteristics are not always present, but they are in half the cases we see.
The challenge was it was early March and the test was a month away. Mom invested in the 3D Learner Program (R) and …
Fast forward to May 20th — the results are in and her daughter got a Level 2 on the third grade reading FSA. With the program, she will now be promoted to 4th grade and she is on track to be on grade level by the time 4th grade starts.
The challenge with third grade retention policies is that you find out in late May what the results are and your child needs to pass a test in late July to avoid third grade retention and to be promoted to 4th grade.
What would a strategy look like for your bright right-brain learner?
1- Success is the only option — start with a commitment to your child being Outrageously Successful and be open on the how
2- Understand if your child is a right-brain learner, what is holding your child back and how you can make the difference
3- Choose to set BOLD Goals consistent with being Outrageously Successful – promotion is a start, being on grade level is next and continuously improving performance and self-esteem are equally important
4- Consistent, constructive and collaborative efforts work best
5- Execute as if you mean it — quick, significant and long last results take effort
6- Set your child up for success — do not over burden them with too many activities — if your child is going to make major gains in 2 to 3 months, it will require a different level of commitment, and being willing to say no to other things
7- Start now — this process requires massive action as soon as possible