Welcoming our new teachers
A great addition to Greenfield High
Dear Families of Third Grade Students,
We are excited to have your third grader at our school. Third grade is an essential year in your child’s educational experience. Third grade literacy is a culmination of the foundational reading skills acquired in grades K-2. By the end of the third grade, your child will be applying the foundational reading skills to standards-based tasks, such as, determining the main idea of the text and explaining how the details support the main idea.
You will receive detailed information outlining your child’s progress throughout the year, as described on the GMSD Assessment Calendar:
STAR Literacy Report (fall, winter, and spring) - assesses comprehension and provides a reading level
aimswebPLUS Universal Screener (fall, winter, and spring) –assesses reading skills. Your child will receive a Home Literacy Report if scoring below 40%.
Mastery View Predictive Assessments (formerly CASE) – standards-based benchmarks predictive of TCAP levels of proficiency.
In addition, it is important for your child to practice reading at home. You can order free decodables to practice the fluency lessons your child learned in second grade here: https://www.tn.gov/education/decodables.html.
At the end of the school year, your child will take the statewide assessments called the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP, in ELA, math and science. These are important measures of your child’s level of proficiency in the subject-area standards.
State law requires that your child scores above “Approaching” on the third-grade ELA TCAP to be promoted to 4th grade. For more information about this law, please see our 3rd Grade Retention Law (link to presentation) explanation.
We have numerous resources to support your child throughout the year, such as tiered intervention provided during the school day and the TN ALL Corps tutoring program for qualifying students.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress, please reach out to your child’s teacher or principal. You'll also find some helpful links below if you have questions about the law specifically.
Helpful Links for Families
The work of the Teaching, Learning & Assessment Department is directed by the district’s mission: “To prepare, inspire, and empower students to become life-long learners and socially responsible citizens.”
The TLA team provides district leadership that supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of rigorous, relevant academic programs.