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A Parent Guide to Read To Achieve

North Carolina General Assembly’s Read to Achieve program is part of the Excellent Public Schools Act that became law in July 2012.

The goal of the Read to Achieve program is to ensure that every student reads at grade level by the end of third grade. This program was updated by the NC State Board of Education on Feb 6, 2014.

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?

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
  • passed the Read to Achieve test

If none of the exemptions apply:

Traditional Calendar Student: Student will be invited to attend a free, district sponsored camp for six weeks during summer break. Students who decline to attend reading camp will be retained in 3rd grade.

Dates: June 23-26, July 7-10, July 14-17, July 21-24, July 28-31, August 4-7

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Transportation will be provided to the school listed on the invitation.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
  • Before and after school care programs are not available during camp.
  • A parent from a traditional or modified calendar school has the option of sending their child to a pre-approved private summer reading program in lieu of the free district sponsored camp. Any funding for these services is the full responsibility of the parent. Information regarding the prior approval process can be found below under Parent Resources.

Year-round Calendar Students (multi-track, single track, and modified): Student’s reading levels will be evaluated throughout the year. If the data shows that your child is not reading at grade level and your child does not qualify for a good cause exemption, they will be invited to attend a free, district-sponsored reading camp during track out periods. Year-round students that do not pass the reading section of the EOG or do not qualify for a good cause exemption will be retained in 3rd grade unless they have attended the reading camp.

Will my child have to take the 3 passages per week for each of the 12 standards?

The Read to Achieve law gives the option of using a student portfolio to promote a child to 4th grade. A student’s reading portfolio contains passages that demonstrate proficiency of the standards. If your child qualifies for a good cause exemption based on criteria above, they do not need a portfolio. Teachers may choose to use the reading passages with students that have a good cause exemption for teaching purposes.

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