North Carolina’s READ TO ACHIEVE
Craven County Schools has always emphasized the importance of students learning to read and strengthening their reading skills through practice. No matter what the subject, reading is the foundation for all learning to be successful in school and life!
North Carolina state law now requires that third graders who are not reading at a proficient level on the end-of-grade test be given extra attention. This new “Read to Achieve” requirement will begin for the first time with the children who begin third grade in the fall of 2013. You will notice a big focus on reading and on learning math skills and facts that your child will need in fourth grade and even in middle school and high school.
For the first time in the fall of third grade, your child will be given a beginning-of-grade standardized test to see how they are reading. At the end of third grade, your child will take end-of-grade tests in reading and in mathematics. These tests will tell you and your child’s teacher and principal if your child has learned the basic skills that he or she needs in order to do well in fourth grade. More details about this requirement will be provided to you at your child’s school this fall.
Here are some ideas on how you can help your child become a better reader!
– Set aside time for your child to read every day and/or for you to read to your child.
– Visit the local public library and check out books. This is a free service in most counties.
– Some local school districts open school libraries on special days in the summer. If you can, take your child to library day at your school to check out books.
– Talk to your child and encourage your child to talk about the things that interest him or her.
– If your child enjoys writing or drawing, encourage them to write and draw.
– Help your child get restful sleep.
– Talk to your child about all the fun and exciting things he or she will be learning in school.
– Ask your child’s teacher about additional reading resources.
NC Department of Public Instruction Read to Achieve LiveBinder for Parents - The NC Department of Public Instruction has created a LiveBinder to provide parents with information and resources for implementing Read to Achieve legislation. For questions about the Read to Achieve Law, please contact your child's school or: