By James White, Ph.D.
Piedmont Schools Superintendent
In order to prepare our young learners for success, our elementary schools certainly understand the importance of early literacy skills. Three times per year, we assess our children in Kindergarten, first, second, and third grade using the Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS). This evaluation tool provides valuable data to your child’s teacher, which allows for modifications to instruction in order to meet specific individual needs.
In Oklahoma, state law requires every third grade student to be assessed using the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test (OCCT). Beginning this year, students scoring Unsatisfactory on the reading portion of this assessment may be retained in the third grade. The decision to retain a student based on this reading score is not made by our school district, but instead it is a requirement of the newly enacted portion of the Reading Sufficiency Act.
The goal of Piedmont Schools is for each individual child to reach his or her reading potential.
In order to achieve this goal, additional assistance may be necessary. If your third grader is struggling, you should have received notification from your child’s principal and classroom teacher.
In order to provide additional details about the Reading Sufficiency Act, possible exemptions, and implications for our students, we are hosting a parent night on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at Piedmont Intermediate School.If you have any questions or concerns, we would encourage you to attend this informational meeting.
As always, Piedmont Schools is committed to helping every student have a successful experience. If you have any questions about the third-grade reading law or anything else about your child’s education, please do not hesitate to contact us.