Parents frequently call us with questions about 2nd Grade Retention or 3rd Grade Retention.
This article on 2nd Grade Retention vs. 3rd Grade Retention makes a great point — neither one works.
Quoting from the article:
“What’s One to Do?
For most students struggling to keep up, retention is not a satisfactory solution, nor is promotion.
Treating the two as if these are the only options casts the debate in the wrong terms. The challenge is figuring out what it takes to struggling failing students catch up. Understanding why a particular student has fallen behind points to the best course of action.
For many students, especially those who are far behind their peers, intensive intervention, may be the best path to success.
Why 2nd Grade Retention or 3rd Grade Retention May Not Be the Answer
Retention usually duplicates an entire year of schooling. Other options—such as summer school, before-school and after-school programs, or extra help during the school day—could provide equivalent extra time in more effective ways. The other two challenges are:[list type=arrow_list]
- Students often see grade retention as one of the worst things that can happen to them – ranking behind losing a parent and going blind
- Students who are retained often do a little better when promoted the following year, but the gains often disappear
- There is a huge emotional cost to retention, and those who are retained are at greater risk for dropping out later on
5 Challenges Preventing Success by 3rd Grade
- 3rd Grade Retention policies in states like Florida are not as flexible as they might be. While there are alternative pathways to promotion, teachers and principals have little leeway.
- Too often children from good families do their homework, participate in class and get reasonably good grades in 1st, 2nd and even in 3rd grade. Therefore teachers do not always raise the flag to warn parents early enough that their child might be retained.
- Schools often use reading fluency as an indication of a child’s reading skills. Reading fluency, how well your child reads out loud, is very different from reading comprehension, how well your child understands what he or she reads silently.
- Most smart struggling students learn differently and have a combination of attention, visual tracking and related issues. Their gifts and challenges are often not recognized by schools.
- Parents tend to have faith in schools and use tutors when needed. Parents do not realize that for a child who learns differently and has attention and/or visual tracking issues, a tutor may not be the right answer
To help you to better understand the system, your child and your role, we have written a short and informative book called Success by 3rd Grade. We have also developed a Success Assessment to help you to understand if your child learns differently and has an attention and/or vision issues