Third Grade Retention — Testing Fiasco Masks Reading Comprehension Problems
As Leslie Postal wrote in the Orlando Sentinel Florida is giving school districts a list of the lowest 20% of the students, based on the 3rd Grade Reading Florida Standards Assessment.
Schools, with guidance from school districts, decided this year who will be promoted to 4th grade and which studens will be impacted by third grade retention.
The challenge is the standards are higher, the number of students reading far below grade level, but the schools are hesitant to retain 3rd graders.
Testing Fiasco, Fewer Retentions and Reading Comprehension Issues
The Burden to Your Child Falls to You the Parents
According to the Children’s Reading Foundation, half the written curriculum will be incomprehensible to fourth grade student’s reading below grade level”
Based on 2014 students, those retained were often reading 1.5 to 3 years below grade level. With the new and much harder standards, those students who are really struggling but who get promoted, are likely to be 2, 3 or even 3.5 years below grade level.
What can you do as a parent to help your child:
1- The right mindset can make a huge difference. There are programs that can help get your child closer to grade level Our recommendation is that you consider “Reading Success is the Only Option”. That way, you can be committed to that goal and open on the how. That is exactly what Zach’s parents did
2- Then you want to understand whether your child learns differently, and whether your child has an attention, eye-teaming or related issue.
Half the students we see learn differently and have attention and eye-teaming issue. The other factor is that many of these students have average, above average and even gifted IQs.
The last item is to get an accurate reading on your child’s reading comprehension. Often schools use reading fluency or short passage comprehension to assess a child’s reading. The tests use longer passages with more complex questions.
Frequently parents of third graders are told your child is behind, but when the student’s are tested on longer passages, the assessment shows the gap to be 2 or even 3 years below grade level.
Goal setting is a critical next step. Even smart struggling students make less than 1 grade level improvement in a year, and they often fall further and further behind. If you set the goal to get your child back to grade level, you will need to find a different approach.
The last item is to find a system that can accomplish your goals, that capitalizes on how your child learns best and identifies and addresses your child’s attention, eye-teaming and related issues.
The last step is to make it happen.
Getting a student who is entering 4th grade back to grade level who is 2 to 3 years below grade level in reading is a tall order. The good news is that it is often possible. What it takes is the right mindset, understanding your child, setting BOLD Goals, find the right system and then make it happen
If you would like help with this process, go to www.3dlearner.com/success-by-3rd-grade and then give us a call at 561-361-7495.