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Towards the bottom is a letter for Read To Learn. This letter explains the Florida Standards Assessments and provides the law that Florida Public Schools must follow. If you would like a copy of the statute emailed to you please let me know. It is also on the 3rd grade page at www.btesbobcats.com
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Read To Learn
This information is for parents of Florida’s third-grade students. It is designed to help parents understand what Florida law says about reading requirements for third-grade students and promotion to fourth grade. It also describes what the school will do to help if your child is reading below grade level.
STATUTORY REQUIREMENT FOR THIRD-GRADE READING
Florida law [section 1008.25(5), Florida Statutes (F.S.)] says that third graders who score at Level 1 in reading on the statewide Florida Standards Assessment-English Language Arts (FSA-ELA) must be retained (not promoted to fourth grade). However, children who demonstrate the required reading level through a state-approved alternative standardized reading test or through a student portfolio can be granted a good cause exemption and be promoted to fourth grade. A student will only be retained in third grade once.
If your child scores at Level 1, you will be notified by the school that your child will not be promoted to fourth grade until he or she achieves the required reading level. Students who are retained must be given intensive instruction in reading to help them catch up. You will be given information about the intensive instruction that will be provided to help your child make progress in reading.
Note: Some students with disabilities, some English language learners (ELL) and some students who have already been retained can receive a good cause exemption and be promoted even though they are not reading at the required level. If your child is not eligible for the good cause exemption, you will be notified as to why your child is not eligible. Please refer to page three of this document for additional information.
WHAT DOES THE LAW MEAN?
This law means, “We are not going to give up on struggling students; we are going to invest in them.” The results should have a positive effect on our whole state. It will reduce the need for remedial education in middle and high school and may lower dropout rates and juvenile delinquency. It will also help Florida develop the highly skilled workforce needed for a strong economy.
NEW RIGOROUS READING STANDARDS
The statewide FSA-ELA is based on the Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS) and is designed to test Florida's students on more rigorous material. The standards raise the bar for Florida's children from third through eleventh grade, ensuring that students are on the path to graduating college and career ready. Florida's graduation requirements are aligned with college readiness and our standards are consistent across grade levels. Parents, teachers and administrators will be able to identify those children who need additional help earlier so that they can graduate college-ready.
EXPECTATIONS FOR THIRD GRADERS
The specific skills that students need in reading are described in the LAFS http://www.fldoe.org/pdf/lafs.pdf. The standards describe what Florida students should know and be able to do at each grade level. By the end of third grade, students are expected to be able to read independently. This means that they can read and understand words, sentences and paragraphs without help.