Usually early school year calls are from parents of children with Dyslexia, a Learning Disability or ADHD.
This year is different.
10 of the 12 calls we got this week are from parents of smart kids, who are struggling. Some of the comments included:
1- “My 3rd grade child is being asked to read the exact same passage my gifted 5th grader read last year. This is nuts!””.
2- “These math questions are tough. My second grader is being asked questions that are worded poorly and the reading level is far above her level — and she finished 1st grade above grade level in her reading.”
3- “I thought the 3rd Grade Reading FCAT was disappearing. Now I learn this will be replaced by the new 3rd Grade Reading Florida State Assessment that will be much tougher. Is this true?
While others may argue that parents do not have a clue, we are finding parents to be more proactive than ever in identifying the issues. We expect schools will be sounding out the alarm in October, when their students are assessed. You may want to act sooner.
The four questions you want to consider are:
– What is your child’s present level of reading comprehension based on the new Florida Standards or the Common Core Standards? You want to have your child tested using an assessment that is consistent with what your child will be tested on. The new Florida State Assessments will have 800 plus word passages and some assessments use 3 line passages.
– Why is your smart child struggling? Is it a learning difference, an attention issue, a visual tracking challenge, anxiety or a related issue?
– What can you do about it?
– How soon should we act?
Welcome to the new Florida State Standards — or as we call them — the renamed Common Core Standards
The text is at least a year more difficult and the questions being asked are difficult to say the least.
The 2014-15 school year is the year when Reading Comprehension issues will become The ISSUE for many students.
This may be Dyslexia or a Learning Disability, but in most cases it will be that your smart struggling child is caught in a bind as standards have been raised, the difficulty of the questions is far more challenging and neither the teachers nor the parents or the students are prepared for this dramatic shift.
If you are seeing early warning signs, then now is the time to act. The standardized tests will be almost a month earlier than in previous years. If you act in the Fall, there is plenty of time to get it right.
We are interested in hearing your comments:
– What is happening that disturbs or frustrated you?
– What is happening that is really good? Teachers and parents will be finding new and innovative ways to help students succeed
– What questions do you have?
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