Only children who score an unsatisfactory (equal to a first-grade reading level or below) on the third-grade reading portion of the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests are at risk of being retained.
Please realize retention is a last resort option. Fifteen states who have implemented this same law have seen a significant drop in illiteracy. Retention is not necessarily a bad thing because it allows children to get the help they need to be successful adults.
Literacy coaches have been made available to all school districts. They are excellent resources for teachers as well as parents. Contact your child’s school for ideas and resources to help you help your child.
We see this as a very positive move because in our many years of education, the children who can’t read don’t succeed. We also are firm believers in returning to the teaching of phonics in the classroom. This not only assists in reading but in spelling and comprehension, as well.
While we’re on our soapbox, we would like to see a similar law in place for basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division — and at the very least, a requirement in the memorizing of multiplication tables.
If you have questions left unanswered, please visit the Oklahoma State Department of Education website, ok.gov/sde.
Please send questions to email@example.com. Sally and Jeannie are certified school counselors with more than 50 years combined educational experience. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district.
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