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Operation Third Grade Success

In order to ensure that students are given every possible chance for success on the Third Grade Summative Assessment, every elementary school within the Meridian Public School District has identified all students who are at-risk of failing the assessment and has developed a school level plan for addressing the needs of students in need of additional support. The District has provided schools with the time, materials and personnel to support students in preparing for the reading assessment.

The Meridian Public School District is eager to partner with families, community members, and community organizations to help ensure student success. Here are ways you can be a part of helping make a child successful.

For Parents

Nothing is more important to academic achievement than being a good reader. Parents know their children best and can provide the one-on-one time and attention that will lead them to success in reading. Here is a list of ways to help your children become more effective readers.

1.    Set aside a regular time to read to your children every day. Studies show that regularly reading out loud to children will produce significant gains in reading comprehension, vocvocabulary, and the decoding of words. Whether your children are preschoolers or preteens, it will increase their desire to read independently.

2.    Surround your child with reading material. Children with a large array of reading materials in their homes score higher on standardized tests. Tempt your kids to read by having a large supply of appealing books and magazines at their reading level. Put the reading materials in cars, bathrooms, bedrooms, family rooms, and even by the TV.

3.    Have a family reading time. Establish a daily 15 to 30 minute time when everyone in the family reads together silently. Seeing you read will inspire your children to read. Just 15 minutes of daily practice is sufficient to increase their reading fluency.

4.    Encourage a wide variety of reading activities. Make reading an integral part of your children's lives. Have them read menus, roadside signs, game directions, weather reports, movie time listings, and other practical everyday information. Also, make sure they always have something to read in their spare time when they could be waiting for appointments or riding in a car.

5.    Develop the library habit. Entice your children to read more by taking them to the library every few weeks to get new reading materials. The library also offers reading programs for children of all ages that may appeal to your children and further increase their interest in reading.

6.    Be knowledgeable about your children’s progress. Find out what reading skills they are expected to have at each grade level. The school's curriculum will give you this information. Track their progress in acquiring basic reading skills on report cards and standardized tests.

7.    Use a variety of aids to help your children. To help your children improve their reading, use textbooks, computer programs, books-on-tape, and other materials available in stores. Games are especially good choices because they let children have fun as they work on their skills.

8.    Show enthusiasm for your child’s reading. Your reaction has a great influence on how hard they will try to become good readers. Be sure to give them genuine praise for their efforts.

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