Is grade 3 THE critical year of school?

An opinion piece in TIME Ideas offers the theory that 3rd grade is the make or break year, academically, for many students, after which, “the Matthew effect” comes into play, predicting future school success or drop-out.  Timely intervention is the key, and some districts are looking at mandatory retention of those not yet reading at the end of grade 3, while others are recommending IEPs, special tutoring, summer school, etc., to ensure that the students make the grade.  What are your thoughts?


1 Response to “Is grade 3 THE critical year of school?”

  1. 1 Ron Teffaine September 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I would not recommend retention because the research doesn’t favour that option. I would instead go with an IEP, special tutoring, summer school, etc.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 167 other followers


%d bloggers like this: