Focus on Success by Third Grade to Beat Third Grade Retention
Some research shows that Second Grade Retention is more effective than Third Grade Retention
Other articles present ways to navigate your way around Mandatory Third Grade Retention.
There is a real risk in following either approach. Second grade retention may be better than third grade retention, but it would be far better to improve your child’s reading comprehension to grade level and avoid either second grade retention or third grade retention.
Third Grade Retention has a place– for those students not reading at grade level by the end of third grade may not understand half of what he or she reads in 4th grade.
With the move to the Common Core Standards or the Florida State Standards in Florida, there is presently a chaotic system. In Florida, the state has given the districts the role of deciding who should be promoted and who should suffer third grade retention — all this based on a hastily written law that transferred this responsibility to the districts.
For 2016, the percent of third graders facing third grade retention is likely to rise to 25 to 30%
Many parents will consider private schools or homeschooling to avoid third grade retention. The challenge is your child’s reading comprehension many be 2 to 3 years below grade level – and too many private schools do not effectively identify or address this issue.
Home schooling a child with a significant reading comprehension issue can be very difficult, unless you get the help your child needs to bring their reading comprehension up to or at least close to grade level.
Informed, Empowered and Proactive Parents Can Make The Difference
Take Cathy, her second grade son was really in trouble. He avoided reading and his reading proficiency was very low. She had the advantage of a proactive grandparent, who contacted us. Within 7 weeks her son was at grade level, and he easily passed the 3rd grade test.
Jane was in a different position. She was told at the beginning of 3rd grade that 3rd grade retention was a given. No matter what she did, her daughter would be retained. With the right help, her daughter scored above grade level.
Robert’s son failed the 3rd grade reading FCAT– he needed to score at the 45th percentile on the SAT 10 to be promoted and to avoid third grade retention. With the right help, within two months his son was able to improve to the 74th percentile and both avoid 3rd grade retention and he was well prepared for 4th grade.
The Florida Department of Education has declined to endorse the Success by Third Grade Effort supported by the Learning Disabilities Association of Florida and the Florida Advocacy Coalition for Learning Differences.
With the State of Florida focusing on third grade retention and not Success by Third Grade, parents are forced to be more proactive. To help you to understand the landscape and to be an informed, empowered and proactive parent, we would like to provide you with three no cost tools:
1- A downloadable copy of Success by Third Grade — a short book we have authored
2- A Success Assessment that screens for a learning difference and attention, eye-teaming and related issues
3- A Success by Third Grade Strategy Session that focuses on the burning issues impacting your child
Click here to put your child on his or her pathway to Success by Third Grade