Third Grade Testing - BOG3 Reading is 9/12/18
(Letter sent home 9/5/18, to third grade parents from Mrs. Ervin, Principal, regarding Beginning of Grade 3 Test)
As your child begins third grade, you will see a concentrated focus in ensuring students can read at or above grade level and progress in reading proficiency so they can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success. As part of the Read to Achieve law (G.S. 115C-83.1) passed by the General Assembly in 2012, your child will take the Beginning-of-Grade 3 (BOG3) English Language Arts/Reading Test to establish a baseline measure of beginning third-grade English Language Arts/reading skills. This test will be administered on September 12, 2018. The majority of beginning third-grade students are not expected to demonstrate third-grade reading proficiency (score an achievement level 3, 4, or 5) on the BOG3 Test because they have not yet received third-grade reading instruction. However, if your child scores achivement level 3 or higher on the BOG3 Test, the score will satisfy the promotion requirements of the Read to Achieve Legislation. Following the BOG3 Test administration, you will receive an individual student report with your child's score. As you review the report, make notes about your child's test score and other questions you may have. Be sure to discuss your questions with your child's teacher when you attend a parent-teacher-student conference.
At the end of third grade, your child will take the End-of-Grade (EOG) assessments in English Language Arts/Reading and Mathematics. Read to Achieve has procedures in place for third graders who do not score at a proficient level on the BOG test or EOG assessment in English Language Arts/Reading:
1. Your child will have the opportunity to take the Grade 3 End-of-Grade English Language Arts/Reading Retest, the Read to Achieve alternative test, or the local alternative test. These tests provide your child with other opportunities to demonstrate proficiency.
2. If your child is not proficient on the Retest, the Read to Achieve alternative test, or the local alternative test, an option to attend a reading camp to help improve reading skills is available. This camp is at no charge to you. Your local school district will organize the camp and give you more information about when and where it will be held.
3. At the end of reading camp, your child may achieve reading proficiency by passing the Read to Achieve alternative test, having successfully completed a student reading portfolio, or by passing the local alternative test approved by the State Board of Education. Students achieving proficiency on one of these measures are eligible to be promoted to fourth grade. Students who do not attend the reading camp are still provided the opportunity to take the Read to aAchieve alternative test or the local alternative test on a designated day following the completion of the reading camp.
4. Students who do not achieve proficiency at the end of reading camp, can be retained in third grade, placed in a 3/4 transitional class with a retained reading label, or placed in a fourth-grade accelerated reading class with a retained reading label. Ninety minutes of uniterrupted reading instruction is provided daily in these classes. Children in the 3/4 transitional classes or fourth-grade accelerated classes are eligible to retake the Read to Achieve test again in late October to achieve a mid-year promotion and to have the retained reading label removed. Children will remain in the same fourth-grade class for the entire school year and will continue to receive the uninterrupted reading instruction throughout fourth grade to support ongoing improvement in reading skills. Non-proficient students may continue to work on completing a portfolio or passing a local alternative test after November 1 to show proficiency by the end of the fourth-grade year and have the retained reading label removed.
If you have questions or concerns about the Read to Achieve law, please contact Kristen Puzino at 910-346-1778. CFIES looks forward to a new school year and helping all students become better readers by the end of third grade.