Retired reading teacher Claudia Swisher takes us on a journey through her advocacy against the Reading Sufficiency Act, which requires third graders who do not pass the state reading/English Language Arts test to repeat the grade, back in time to her first attempts to help struggling students and her efforts to educate herself to provide real support from them, and forward again to her own grandchildren’s struggles with the looming TEST. Read her analysis of the testing climate faced by our nine year old children.
Every third grader taking the test this month IS A READER. Make no mistake every child is a reader. Now, are they all reading ‘above average?’ Of course not. Are they all the same height? Do they wear the same sized shoe? Can they run equally fast? Only a non-educator could expect every kid in third grade to read at level. Educators know kids begin at their own starting place and make progress…not steady progress, but they make progress.