At the end of this article we will share a way to get a direct measurement of your child’s reading comprehension level.
The 3rd Grade Reading FCAT has been used for years as the tool to measure whether a student is on grade level.
Last year, 19% of the 3rd graders in Florida scored a Level 1 on the 3rd Grade Reading FCAT – also known as the 3rd grade FCAT.
That brought 3rd Grade Retention into play.
This year the 3rd Grade Reading FCAT has been replaced by the 3rd Grade Reading FSA (3rd Grade Reading Florida Standards Assessment).
We expect the percent of students scoring at grade level on the 3rd grade Reading FSA to drop from 58% to 30 to 35% — meaning that 65 to 70% of the 3rd graders will be below grade level.
To make matters worse, we expect 25 to 30% of the 3rd graders are likely to score a Level 1 and bring 3rd Grade Retention into play.
Schools will be giving 3rd Grade Benchmarks in October and telling parents the results in early November.
In Palm Beach County they will be using a Green. Yellow and Right Light System.
A Green Light means your child is doing well.
A Yellow Light indicates your child is probably below grade level, but may do well enough to avoid 3rd Grade Retention.
A Red Light indicates your child is well below grade level.
If you suspect a problem, we suggest you act quickly and decisively.
If your child does not have either an IEP (Individual Education Plan) or a 504 Plan that would provide either accommodations and services or just accommodations, we suggest you consider asking for an evaluation for special education services or a 504 Plan that would provide accommodations, if your child has ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or other qualifying condition.
The school may say that your child must go through Response to Intervention (RTI) before your child can be evaluated. There is a clear guidance from Washington that RTI cannot be used to delay or deny an evaluation. Click here for our Avoiding The RTI Trap page.
If your child is struggling with reading comprehension, there is a good chance your child has a combination of learning differently and either an attention, visual tracking or related issue.
We do offer a no cost way to screen for a learning difference and an attention and visual tracking challenge at www.3dlearner.com.
The other critical piece of information you want to know is what is your child’s present level of reading comprehension. When you do the assessment, put in the comments section that you want a no cost reading comprehension assessment.