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.
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.
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.
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:
If none of the exemptions apply:
Traditional Calendar Student: Students will be invited to attend a free, district-sponsored reading camp for six weeks during the summer break. Students who decline to attend reading camp will be retained in 3rd grade.
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.
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.