State Goal: The goal of the State is to ensure that every student read at or above grade level by the end of third grade and continue to progress in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success. (2012-142, s. 7A.1(b).)
How will Read to Achieve affect my child?
The law outlines that if a third grade student is not reading at grade level by the end of third grade, they will have to either repeat the third grade or attend a free, district-sponsored reading camp.
What steps are being taken to get your 3rd grader reading at grade level?
Throughout the year, your child’s teacher will continue to teach reading. We will share information about your child’s progress in reading through report cards, interims, conferences, emails, and in the Home Connect letters – important reports that provide information specific to your child’s reading skills. The Home Connect letter gives suggestions about activities that you can do at home to help. Read your child’s Home Connect letter carefully and talk with your child’s teacher about his or her progress.
What if my 3rd grader is struggling to read?
When your child has difficulties with his or her reading, additional help will be provided. You are encouraged to attend parent conferences with your child’s teacher to work together to help your child read at grade level by the end of the year. Your child’s teacher can provide strategie that you can use at home to help your child read better.
How will we determine that your child is reading at grade level?
Kindergarten students will be assessed using Istation to ensure they are developiing findamental reading skills.
FIrst and Second grade students will be assessed using Istation benchmark assestments to determine is they are eligible for reading camp.
Third grade students will take the NC end-of-grade (EOG) reading test at the end of 3rd grade. If they pass the EOG reading test, they are eligible to be promoted to the 4th grade. If they do not pass the EOG reading test, there are other factors called good cause exemptions that will allow your child to be promoted to 4th grade. Students need to meet at least one of the following good cause exemptions:
- is a Limited English Proficient student with less than two years of instruction in ESL
- is assessed on NCExtend 1 or NCExtend 2
- received reading intervention and previously been retained more than once in kindergarten, first, second, or third grades
- received a score of 439 or higher on the 3rd grade beginning-of-grade assessment
- received a level 3 or higher on any of the ELA Case 21 assessments, quarters 1-3
- earned a level P or above on the TRC portion of mCLASS benchmark assessment
- has a completed portfolio that includes a combined score of 70% or higher on 3 passages for each standard