• 3rd Grade Retention Law 

    The Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation and Student Acceleration Act was approved in January 2021 and was implemented in the 2022-23 school year. This law states that third-grade students who score below "proficient" on their TCAP ELA (reading test) scores could be held back if they do not attend summer school with 90% attendance or commit to a year of intensive tutoring in fourth grade. There are exceptions for students with a reading disability, less than two years of English instruction, and students who score proficient on a retake. We currently have no provisions for TCAP retakes, so we are unsure what that now looks like for students. 

    At the end of the school year, your child will take the statewide assessment (test) called the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP). This test gives us important information and data that provides us with an idea of how your student is progressing towards exceeding academic standards.TCAP lists proficiency scoring as Below Expectations, Approaching Expectations, Met Expectations, or Exceeded Expectations.

    Our encouragement, along with PCSS elementary faculty and staff, to Kindergarten through 3rd grade parents is for:

    • Parents and caregivers be proactive with their child’s reading. We preach reading 20 minutes a day to your children and how that makes a difference, and it does. 

    • Do not feel defeated, and do not give up. We have professionals in our district that are here to help your child. 

    • Take advantage of any opportunities to help your child increase their reading abilities. If you are unsure of those opportunities, reach out to your school. There is a team there to guide you. 

    • Remember, we are all in this together. 

  • What is taking place in third-grade English Language Arts (ELA)?

  • What will PCSS do for your child in third grade?

  • How has PCSS Been Proactive?