Parents push to postpone Read to Achieve law

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Some parents want lawmakers to postpone or even stop the Read to Achieve law, saying new Common Core standards are setting students up to fail.

The stakes are especially high for third graders who have to go to mandatory six week summer reading camps and can even be held back if they don’t pass.

Some parents want lawmakers to step in.

One group of parents sent a letter to lawmakers last week at the start of the short legislative session.

The letter asks lawmakers to postpone the law for the 2013-2014 year, writing: “... children are so stressed out; they are getting sick; they are vomiting, they are panicking."

It’s a panic Kim Christy knows firsthand.

For the past year, she has watched her nine-year-old granddaughter Grace struggle with math and reading.

"She wasn't working at grade level," Christy said.

She's helping her get ready for End of Grade exams.

"She's been frightened, really frightened and worried,” said the grandmother. "It's sad. It really is sad."

Michael Everhart sees it all the time.

"I don't think there are a lot of students that are prepared for it,” Everhart said, who is the center director for Sylvan Learning Center of High Point.

His number of clients has tripled, causing him to hire three extra teachers.

"We've gone into kind of crazy mode," Everhart said.

Lawmakers say they're working on a bill to repeal Common Core standards from next year's End of Grade tests.

"Maybe take the heat off these kids a little bit, no third grader should feel that kind of anxiety," Everhart said.

Anxiety he says not just felt by students but even those helping them study.

"Don't set them up for failure," Christy said.




  • JB

    Why can we in this country stop trying the latest cavalier educational plan and focus on educating our children as individuals? We can people at the legislative level see that putting everyone in a set group with the same expectations is simply stupid?

  • Cynthia Booher

    Forsyth’s answer is to send my third grader to a summer camp to get him up to speed. This is the same camp that I tried to get him in last year to help prepare him for third grade and was told he was no behind enough. This tear he has improved to being a half year behind and now he must go. My question is are they refunding the money I laid out for church camp etc. There is something very wrong here

  • concerned

    I am a parent of a third grader and senior. Both have had a rough year, third grader with the read to achieve and senior with the senior project. Our kids are not rocket scientist, if they want to be that they can when they go to “college”. This is one of the main reasons are kids are having so much trouble with school, is the pressure to succeed. What happened to our kids having time to play outside and enjoy life? NOT being stuck in a book for an extra 3-4 hours after they get home. 80% of the time we dont get homework done until after 7pm. This is to much for any kid

  • scott diciuccio

    We are dealing with the same issue in Randolph county. Our 3rd grade son is not exactly where they want him for reading, for example he’s a letter N, not a O. He’s passing everything with higher passing grades. We received a letter stating that if he’s not to grade level he will be held back. This is complete, total BS. I have seen kids that can’t even talk and they have passed.

    • concerned

      This is where my 3rd grader is Randolph, he is so stresssed out about being “left behind” its weighing heavy on him. What about this new thing with schools “No Child Left Behind”?

      • Scott Diciuccio

        I told my wife that I would file a law suit against the county or state if they held him back for a simple level of reading. We have already considered home schooling him.

      • dewey

        NCLB is not new….after 12 years of “all dummies pass”, because that’s what it was…no matter how mediocre your grades were, you got to pass…we have fallen behind in the world as far as education goes. If your kids were going to just work within their community, then there would be no need to “catch up”, but when those that leave colleges and universities, and find a job…they are working for global corporations….there is no more room for one-on-one learning, they have placed too many kids in the classroom…NCLB turned teachers into deskbound paper pushers, and EOG testing into the most important thing…it’s not what they know during the year, it’s what they remember for the EOG….my parents knew what was going on with me before the grades fell off or found out I couldn’t read, at the end of the year, it’s too late

  • JLI

    There was a time when students actually read the textbooks, answered questions in the textbooks, took spelling tests along with definitions, and experienced engaging classwork and homework. We learned just fine then. Now students get worksheet after worksheet, limited notes, and constant benchmark testing throughout the year. Common Core forces our kids to memorize and discard after the school year. Schooling is designed to learn and reapply. It’s our fault as citizens for voting in the legislators who support these programs and not making our presence felt at local school board meetings until after something has been decided.

  • Jen

    This year has been very stressful on all my children. My 3rd grader was even hospitalized for several days. She is constantly stressing over failing end of year tests and her grades not being up to par. There is no sense in all this stress on our youth. We learned just fine back when we were in school and I don’t remember being under this much stress growing up. The real stress was fitting in, now you have that problem and being left behind because the teachers have to cover so much material in a certain amount of time and move on, whether the students are ready to or not.

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