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  • NCMOM74 Jun 8, 2014

    My third grader missed scoring a 3 by 9 pts. but he was told he would be retained in third grade. The school never gave the option for a reading summer school. We were verbally notified that he didn't pass his portfolio's on April 30th, one month prior to the testing. It would have been nice to have this information prior so that I could work on this with him. It this has been a law since 2012, then why weren't the teacher or the school more prepared. They should have been working on this with him since day one.

  • hforbes482 Jun 6, 2014

    You cannot wait until 3rd grade to give a child special help with reading. You cannot take a child w/an IEP and not honor the IEP.
    If a child is having trouble reading on grade level b/f third grade find out why and help.
    You also have to make the reading interesting. Reading for pleasure is the best way to help a child learn to read.

  • for the people Jun 6, 2014

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    teacher raises are great for the teachers. but will do absolutely nothing for kids. parents are the key to kids success in the classroom. you can point the finger at the evil gop for as long as you want, but all you are doing is spitting into the wind. you would make much more of an impact if you would direct your energy into the kids/parents.

  • Pam Snyder Jun 6, 2014
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    I just had my 3rd grader come home from school almost not breathing or really ready to throw up because he missed a "3" which is what he needs by 2 or 3 points.This means that he will need to go to a state run summer school for 6 hrs. a day for 6 weeks!!! I have been working with him all year and he has grown increasingly better but a number will tell if he passes or fails again. Since the retest is Friday and they took the 1st test Tuesday. I am no stranger to his work but I still can't believe there were so many differences this year in N.C. My son IS EDUCATED BUT he DOES HAVE DIFFICULTY with reading but I am a good parent and we work everyday at his reading
    and writing. I don't agree with what the state saw fit for MY child.....sad part...it won't make a difference if he missed by 1 or 50 points,they are all labeled the same, "not on target" Bad planning...

  • Terry Watts Jun 6, 2014
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    A true "historian" would understand that the Dems in NC weren't all "Libs", and that the majority were "dixie-crats" that are now Republicans as a result of Southern Strategy.

    As to your question about ranking, in the last decade, NC was ranked in the middle of the pack (during Easley's admin). When the economic crisis hit (Perdue), we dropped to 45+. You will note that the GOP gained the General Assembly during the second half of Perdue's admin, and did not allow her to reinstate a Tax to provide for Teacher Raises. In the subsequent years, the GOP has done nothing except further cut educational spending.

  • tarheelfan41 Jun 6, 2014

    Any NC history teachers on this board? Maybe civics? Many posters do not like the direction the GOP is taking the education system, Says they are ruining it. So here are some questions. How long has NC been ranked at or near the bottom in education? How long has the GOP been in control of NC politics? How does NC rank in spending per pupil now and historically? The libs ran things in the ground for decades. It was way past time to change things up. It is madness to fail miserably and keep doing the same thing and hoping for a different result.

  • Jackson Smith Jun 6, 2014
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    Look at the ads for teaching positions in Wake County. How many interventions specialists and English as second language do we really need? How about Biology or Math.

  • durandani Jun 5, 2014

    The intention may have been good, but the execution was so poor. My 3rd grader is in year-round school, and they only get 3 weeks off at a time. They were supposed to start implementing reading camps in March but had no idea what they were expected to do in reading camp and what resources they were going to get to implement it.

    Yes, it's great to add programs to help kids read well at a young age. But you can't just say you want a program implemented without providing resources or guidelines. That's not helping the kids. And it certainly no effective to cram a year of assessments into the last half of the year. Talk about forcing teachers to teach to the test.

  • damauro Jun 5, 2014

    It is a nightmare when children enter any grade without the ability to read on grade level.

    Still, just wondering where the data is that proves six weeks of summer remediation will put a child who ranks among the bottom one percent back at grade level. If that can be done, why not just skip whatever is happening in public ed now, especially the testing, and adopt the magical six week plan for all children. Then, take the testing money and give to teachers the long overdue raises they deserve, plus enough to entice them to stay around.

    Nah, forget that. Let's just keep following the clueless bureaucrats.

  • damauro Jun 5, 2014

    It is a nightmare when children enter any grade without the ability to read on grade level.

    Still, just wondering where the data is that proves six weeks of summer remediation will put a child who ranks among the bottom one percent back at grade level. If that can be done, why not just skip whatever is happening in public ed now, especially the testing, and adopt the magical six week plan for all children. Then, take the testing money and give to teachers the long overdue raises they deserve, plus enough to entice them to stay around.

    Nah, forget that. Let's just keep following the clueless bureaucrats.

  • SaveEnergyMan Jun 5, 2014

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    So, students should not be held accountable for learning? Social promotion and lack of enforced standards have already created a large cohort of students that shouldn't be in middle school, shouldn't be in high school and have no business graduating and going to college.

    The only way to insure learning is to have enforced standards that must be met, otherwise you don't move on. What else will motivate the parents to get involved in their child's education? That's the key. Is this program perfect?, not by any means, but it's the right idea.

    And for the record, I am in the classroom....

  • sisu Jun 5, 2014

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    Excellent post. Spot on.

  • Beth Pearce Jun 5, 2014
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    Glad to be out of school for decades now! And repeating a grade should be abolished!

  • Magicbus83 Jun 5, 2014

    "Grade level is just an opinion"

    The problem with social media today is that people can post comments and keep their identities private which enables them to speak about things even when they have NO idea what they are talking about.

    A 5th grader who is reading on a second grade level is NOT reading at their 'grade' level, which has been set based on data from 60 years of research. They would in fact be 3 years BEHIND their grade level. The remainder of your post was accurate.

    No one who has spent ANY time in a classroom would have made a comment like that.

  • lasm Jun 5, 2014

    Don't think this comment was thought through.........Had you rather have the 36 tests in the LAST HALF of the year as the requirements are right now? 36 during whole year is less than 1 test per week; and 36 during last half year is approx. 2 test per week.

  • tranzorg Jun 5, 2014

    "Grade level" is just an opinion."
    Yep. It's relative to the child in question. A child in fifth grade that reads on a second grade level is reading at their 'grade' level. The real trick is finding a way to help them catch up so they will not become frustrated dropouts later.

  • Terry Watts Jun 5, 2014
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    100 years ago, neither kid in the picture would have been in a Public School...

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 5, 2014
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    so true! And if you didn't get it you were kept back a year. We didn't have 36 tests in total, much less 1 subject. Crazy.

  • sinenomine Jun 5, 2014

    It has been said, and it is sadly true, that a hundred years ago they taught Latin and Greek in high school. Nowadays they teach remedial English in college. Our educational system could not suffer a worse indictment.

  • Terry Watts Jun 5, 2014
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    Don't worry. Eliminating Common Core will take care of all those tests... Oh wait...

  • tracmister Jun 5, 2014

    The NCGOP does so much damage to the children of this state it's no longer funny. Does anyone really think that 36 state mandated tests are a good idea for one subject in one year. Don't forget that third graders at this time take at least three more tests at a minimum.

  • veyor Jun 5, 2014

    "Grade level" is just an opinion.

  • AConservativePerson Jun 5, 2014

    While I think the tests are overkill, I do think that not being able to read to grade level needs to be caught early. Parents need to work with the schools in order to help achieve this.

  • edwardsrleah Jun 5, 2014

    Complaints about the Common Core Standards because of too much testing, yet this law requires 36 tests!? Every third grader must be on grade level for reading, yet teacher assistants who typically run reading intervention groups in classrooms will be cut!? Please vote for education in November.

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