A third grade retention warning came home, despite the student being on the A/B Honor Roll. Mom was not happy. She called us and shared that one of her good friend’s sons had been helped by us and that he had gone from a Special Education class to a gifted class. We asked her about her child’s reading comprehension level.
She told us her daughter had dyslexia and has been through two years of a dyslexia program. Her daughter was now reading on grade level. She said the problem was a combination of reading comprehension, test taking and anxiety.
The mom asked how she could be at risk for third grade retention and be on the A/B Honor Roll. Mom said her daughter did all her homework, participated in class, did well on projects and did all the extra credit work. She also said her daughter sometimes did well on tests. Mom did add that math word problems and reading comprehension tests were hard for her daughter.
If your child is facing possible third grade retention or there is a learning and/or attention issue
call us at 561-361-7495 for a no cost Stress to Success Strategy Session
Mom then asked, “it is early February, am I calling too late to avoid third grade retention“. The simple answer is probably not. We have helped hundreds of third graders not only pass the third grade reading test, we have also helped most of them to be at or above grade level in reading by 4th grade. Many have gone on to do very well in high school and college.
We then asked:
- Does your daughter remember places visited, even from years ago?
- Does your child learn best when he or she sees and experiences information?
- Is your child a lot smarter than present results would indicate?
Mom answered yes to all the questions.
Mom then did our online Success Assessment with her daughter. It indicated her child was a visual learner with an attention and a visual processing challenge — her daughter skipped words and lines when reading, she read slowly and often lost her place.
Her daughter came to our office for a Focus Assessment and it showed that:
- Her daughter’s comprehension level was at 2.0 — which meant she was her daughter’s reading comprehension was at the beginning of second grade – a grade and a half below grade level
- Her daughter skipped words and lines when reading.
- Her daughter was a slow reader
- Attention was an issue — her daughter lost focus after 3 minutes
- Anxiety was an issue — and her heart rate really spiked when we mentioned the third grade reading FSA – the Florida test used to identify students who may face third grade retention
On our Focus Assessment page, we provide two videos that show how we assess for attention and visual processing challenges.
Leverage Third Grade Retention to Improve Reading Comprehension
Mom wanted to both avoid third grade retention and to have her daughter prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond. We were able to help her daughter to improve to above grade level on the third grade test, to succeed in 4th grade and she is now doing very well in 5th grade
To find out how you can help your child avoid third grade retention and to achieve his or her full potential, we offer several no or low cost options.
We offer three ways for you to learn more about what we do and to better understand your child:
- Call us at 561-361-7495 for a no cost Stress to Success Strategy Session
- We offer a no cost Success Assessment that screens for a learning difference and for attention, visual processing and anxiety challenges
- We offer an in office Focus Assessment that assesses your child’s present level of comprehension and whether there is an attention, visual processing and/or an anxiety issue.
Many parents have told us the best route is to do the Success Assessment with their child, call us and then come in for the Focus Assessment. On the Focus Assessment page, you can see videos that show how we assess for attention and visual processing challenges.
Others start the process by calling us at 561-361-7495.
Either one works – we look forward to helping your child go from Stress to Success in Months Not Years