Beat Third Grade Retention With The Right Partner
At 3D Learner our approach to Beat Third Grade Retention is to significantly improve a child’s reading comprehension and to prepare them for success in fourth grade and beyond. Given we are in the March – April timeframe, there is still time with an intensive effort to get most students to a Level 2 on the English Language Assessment, and for your child to be promoted.
For immediate help to Beat Third Grade Retention — call us at 561-361-7495
there is precious little time to make it happen
Florida offers parents Good Cause Exemptions to Avoid Third Grade Retention. If your child does not pass the third grade English Language Assessment, the three primary options now are to either pass an end of year test, to pass an end of summer test or to complete a students portfolio. There is also an option to improve your child’s reading comprehension to grade level by the start of school next year.
The end of summer test is an excellent target to focus on. Districts used to require a student to attend summer school, but now most are allowing students to get help elsewhere and take the end of summer test.
We have found that when students focus on what we offer and do additional work at home, they often get excellent results.
At 3D Learner, we choose to focus on Success by Third Grade or Sooner — as clearly the best option for every child to beat third grade retention, second grade retention or first grade retention.
We focus on helping parents to be Informed, Empowered and Proactive and to shift the focus you can help your child succeed
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Why Improving Reading Comprehension is the Best Way to Beat Third Grade Retention
Too often we are seeing 3rd, 4th and 5th graders whose reading comprehension is at the first or second grade level.
Sarah was an interesting case. Trying to avoid third grade retention, mom was going to have her daughter opt-out of the test. While we understand the politics of the situation, opting out significantly raises the possibility for third grade retention. All the good cause exemptions are harder to pass than getting a Level 2 on the reading test.
With an intensive effort started in late March, her daughter was able to get a Level 2 on the test and to be promoted. Even better, with a concerted effort, we were able to improve her daughter’s reading comprehension to grade level before the start of fourth grade.
Third Grade Retention Impacts Gifted Student
What is even more startling is the case of a student like Matthew;
Matthew had a 135 IQ
Matthew failed the third grade reading FSA — he had to scramble to pass one of the good cause exemptions. When his mother came to us in June we discovered that:
- Matthew learned differently. He was a visual learner, who learned best when he saw and experienced information
- He skipped words and lines when reading
- Matthew lost focus when information was boring or frustrating
Matt’s mom was surprised to find that his reading comprehension was 1.5 years below grade level, despite a Gifted IQ and his being an Honor Roll Student.
We were able to help Matthew to be promoted to 4th grade, with a great deal of hard work, and his mom said — “I am really happy I shifted the focus to reading comprehension”, Ms. Joseph, Florida
Shifting the Focus from Third Grade Retention Florida to Improving Reading Comprehension
At 3D Learner, we have found that when we assess a smart struggling child we discover many things
1- Reading comprehension is often the issue holding the child back — and their comprehension is often 1.5 grades or more below grade level
2- The student is often a visual learner — who learns best when he or she sees and experiences information
3- The student has some combination of attention, eye-teaming, anxiety and/or related challenges
4- The student has often not gotten the help he or she needs to succeed – despite massive efforts by the parents, the schools and the child
5- The student can often make 1 or even 2 grade levels of improvement over a 45 to 75 day period — which is all the time that is left before either the end of summer school or the start of the next school year and
- The end of summer school test — that in Palm Beach County will be given on July 18th and July 26th in Broward — for other districts, check with administration
- The first day of school — that in Palm Beach County is August 13th and in Broward County it will be August 15th.
To beat third grade retention, we recommend a parent take an on-line assessment with your child that screens to see if your child is a visual learner and if your child might have an attention, eye-teaming or related challenge You will get immediate feedback and you can then call 3D Learner for a Stress to Success by Third Grade Strategy Session at 561-361-7495. Click here to access our Online Success Assessment.
We also provide an in-office assessment in Boca Raton, that assesses your child’s reading comprehension level and whether your child has an attention and/or eye-teaming issue. You can learn more at Focus Assessment
If you have any questions on how to beat third grade retention — call us at 561-361-7495.