The Read to Achieve program is part of The Excellent Public Schools Act of N.C (NC House Bill 950) which became law in July 2012.
Excellent Public Schools Act § 115C-83.1A. 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.
Aims of Read to Achieve Students having difficulty developing as readers are identified as early as possible Students receive appropriate instructional and support services to address difficulty with reading development and to remediate reading deficiencies
The law outlines that if a 3rd grader is not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade, they will have to either repeat the third grade or attend reading camp.
Key Questions To Address Why has the state implemented the Read to Achieve Law? (Mr. Grant) What steps are being taken at school to get your 3rd grader reading at or above grade level? (Mrs. Longo) What are the components of the Program and what will happen if your child isn’t reading at grade level? (Mr. Grant and Ms. Warwick) How can you help your child with his or her reading and reduce stress? (Mrs. Longo and Mrs. Bunn)
Why has the state implemented the Read to Achieve Law? TRADITIONAL CALENDAR STUDENTS
Reading Problems and Dropout A student who can’t read on grade level by 3rd grade is 4 times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who reads proficiently by that time. Add POVERTY to the mix, and a student is 13 times less likely to graduate on time. Students who did not read proficiently at 3rd grade constitute 88% of those who did not earn a HS diploma.
Reading Problems and Dropout Low reading skills in 3rd grade are a stronger predictor of dropping out of school than having spent at least one year in poverty. Donald J. Hernandez: “Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation.” Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2011
What Steps Are Being Taken to Get Your Third Grader At or Above Grade Level? TRADITIONAL CALENDAR STUDENTS
What do we currently have in place that addresses these efforts?
Literacy Support Classroom teachers provided differentiated reading instruction daily to students in grades K-5 K-1 literacy specialist, Mrs. Blomquist, provides targeted, pull out support Sally Moody, Wilson Reading specialist funded by the Lacy Foundation, provides intensive reading instruction for students in grades 2-4 Beth Schetter, intervention teacher, provides literacy and math support for grades 3-5 Response to Intervention process identifies students struggling in reading (as well as math) and establishes interventions and progress monitoring Y Learning program provides daily after school instruction and home work support for
What steps are being taken to get your 3rd grader reading at grade level? We are gathering information on your child’s progress. Your child’s teacher will continue to observe and monitor their progress. Your child, if not exempt, can take up to 3 passages per week. Passages are aligned to specific standards your child needs to master. These assessments include mCLASS and CASE 21, along with the EOG.
What steps are being taken to get your 3rd grader reading at grade level? We are sharing information on your child’s progress. Lacy staff will talk about this specifically during conferences, emails, or reports home. 3 rd grade teachers will share standards and scores. You will get formal reports, including the Home Connect letter.
What steps are being taken to get your 3rd grader reading at grade level? We are sharing information on your child’s progress.
What Are the Components of the Read to Achieve Program and What Happens if Your Child Isn’t Reading At Grade Level? TRADITIONAL CALENDAR STUDENTS
Students may be exempt from mandatory retention in third grade for good cause but shall continue to receive instructional supports and services and reading interventions appropriate for their age and reading level. Good cause exemptions shall be limited to the following: Limited English Proficient students with less than two years of instruction in an English as a Second Language program Students with a BOG score 442 or higher Students who have a reading TRC score level P or higher Students with disabilities on the extended Common Core. These students are in self-contained classrooms and not on a graduation track for a full diploma. It is possible students taking the Extend 1 assessment, a modified EOG, may be exempt from the reading passages. Good Cause Exemptions
TRADITIONAL CALENDAR STUDENTS Students who score a 3- or higher on 1 st, 2 nd, or 3 rd quarter Case21 assessment. Students with disabilities who take the Extend 2 assessment Students who demonstrate, through a student reading portfolio, reading proficiency appropriate for third grade students Students who have previously been retained more than once in kindergarten, first, second, or third grades
How will the State determine that your child is reading at grade level? Did your child pass the reading section of the End of Year Reading EOG? TRADITIONAL CALENDAR STUDENTS Yes. Your child moves to the 4th grade. No. Your child’s teacher will look at: Results of portfolio mCLASS PEP (if applicable) Reading passages -or- Read to Achieve Test
How will the State determine that your child is reading at grade level? Does your child have a successful portfolio or did they pass the Read to Achieve Test? TRADITIONAL CALENDAR STUDENTS Yes. Your child moves to the 4th grade. No. It will be determined that your child is not reading at grade level. Your child will be enrolled in a free, district- sponsored reading camp.
If your child is determined to be reading below grade level, you have two choices: TRADITIONAL CALENDAR STUDENTS Attend Camp Decline Camp Your child be enrolled in a free, district-sponsored reading camp. Your child will receive additional instruction and support in reading. Reading camp is scheduled for 6 weeks during the summer break. Your child will repeat the 3rd grade. The law does not allow us to grant exceptions.
When attending Camp TRADITIONAL CALENDAR STUDENTS Your child will be retested at the end of camp and move into the 4th grade. Children who are still not reading at grade level will have a ‘retention label’ and receive additional support in 4 th grade. The retention label will be removed if the child demonstrates proficiency by mid-year of 4th grade.
Summer Reading Camp TRADITIONAL CALENDAR STUDENTS Runs for 6 weeks: June 16, June 23, July 10, July 14, July 21, July 28 4 days a week, M-TR for up to 6 hours a day Only focuses on Reading Instruction and is themed based Students who don’t demonstrate mastery will be enrolled with fourth grade peers. They will receive 90 minutes of uninterrupted reading instruction daily. Students’ progress toward evidence of mastery is tracked through the reading portfolio. Sites not yet determined
How are the passages for the Reading Portfolio going to be administered? TRADITIONAL CALENDAR STUDENTS At this time, students who do not have an exemption are being administered the reading passages during their reading class. Depending on the students reading class they will complete the passage as a group or as part of their Daily Café reading center rotation. The previous week’s scores will be sent home in the Wednesday folder so parents can be informed of areas where their child needs continued support
Score Sheet Standard AssessedStandardParent Recommendations Passage Scores RL3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. When reading fiction or watching a movie or television show, ask your child: What is the story mainly about? What is a problem(s) that the character has to solve? How do they solve it? Find the answers to questions in the text or support thinking with details from the show. Passage 1 _______ Passage 2 _______ Passage 3 _______ RL3.2 Retell stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures: determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. When reading fiction such as The Paper Bag Princess, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Why Mosquitos Buzz, One Grain of Rice, Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale, etc., ask your child: Identify the central message (lesson or moral) of the story. How does the author share the central message (lesson or theme)? Retell the story (beginning, middle, and end) and tell what the author was trying to teach us. Find details in the story to support their thinking. Passage 1 _______ Passage 2 _______ Passage 3 _______
How can I help my child with his or her reading and reduce stress? Read together for at least 20 minutes each day! Parent/Teacher Communication Home Connect Activities Visit the library Stay involved
Resources Wake County Website with Read to Achieve Resources http://www.wcpss.net/parents/guides/read-to- achieve/index.html Websites that support Literacy: Learnzillion Lesson Planet Jumpstart Guidance suggestions for stress Share “R2A Passage Parent Recommendations” sheet with list of standards and questions to ask.