Read to Achieve
Read to Achieve
The North Carolina state legislature has passed a law that impacts every third grade student in our state. Below are several documents prepared for parents to learn about this legislation. Additional information is available directly from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Click here to access the state documents.
2015-2016 Read to Achieve Report
Below is a link to the Rowan-Salisbury Schools (800) 2015–2016 Read to Achieve Grade 3 End-of-Year Results report. This report provides information about the performance of students under the Read to Achieve guidelines and indicates the number of students who met the standards during the school year as well as at the conclusion of summer reading camp.
2014-2015 Read to Achieve Report
Below is a link to the Rowan-Salisbury Schools (800) 2014–2015 Read to Achieve Grade 3 End-of-Year Results report. This report provides information about the performance of students under the Read to Achieve guidelines and indicates the number of students who met the standards during the school year as well as at the conclusion of summer reading camp.
- NC DPI Live Binder
- Read to Achieve Glossary
- Read to Achieve Parent Information Card English | Spanish
- Reading Rockets - Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
- U.S. Department of Education - Reading tips for parents
Read to Achieve Portfolio
The Read to Achieve law gives the option of using a student portfolio to promote a child to 4th grade. A student’s reading portfolio contains passages that demonstrate proficiency of the standards. If your child qualifies for a good cause exemption based on criteria above, they do not need a portfolio.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will Read to Achieve affect my child?
The law outlines that if a third-grade student does not have a good cause exemption and does not pass the EOG Reading test, they will be encouraged to attend a district sponsored Reading Camp. Your child will be able to demonstrate proficiency by completing a portfolio or by passing an alternative assessment. If you choose not to enroll your child in Reading Camp, your child may still have the opportunity to take the alternative assessment on a designated day set by the district.
What steps are being taken to get your 3rd-grader reading at grade level?
Throughout the year, your child’s teacher will continue to teach reading. We will share information about your child’s progress in reading through report cards, interims, conferences, email, and in the Home Connect letters – important reports that provide information specific to your child’s reading skills. The Home Connect letter gives suggestions about activities that you can do at home to help. Read your child’s Home Connect letter carefully and talk with your child’s teacher about his or her progress.
What if my 3rd-grader is struggling to read?
When your child has difficulties with his or her reading, additional help will be provided. You are encouraged to attend parent conferences with your child’s teacher to work together to help your child read at grade level by the end of the year. Your child’s teacher can provide strategies that you can use at home to help your child read better.
How will we determine that your child is reading at grade level?
Students will take the NC end-of-grade (EOG) reading test at the end of 3rd grade. If they pass the EOG reading test, they are eligible to be promoted to the 4th grade. If they do not pass the EOG reading test, there are other factors called good cause exemptions that will allow your child to be promoted to 4th grade. Students need to meet at least one of the following good cause exemptions:
Limited English Proficient Students with less than two school years of instruction in ESL Program
Students with disabilities whose individualized education program indicates (i) the use of NCEXTEND 1 alternate assessment, (ii) at least a two school year delay in educational performance, or (iii) receipt of intensive reading interventions for at least two school years
Students who have (i) received reading intervention and (ii) previously been retained more than once in kindergarten, first, second or third grades
Students who demonstrate reading proficiency appropriate for third grade students on approved alternative assessments
Students who demonstrate, through a student reading portfolio, reading proficiency appropriate for third grade students
Students who demonstrate proficiency on Read to Achieve Test