The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of students’ education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student at age of 18, or after enrolling in a school beyond the high school level.
The U.S. Department of Education has information about FERPA for parents and eligible students, including how to obtain copies of school records. If you have any questions, please inquire at the front desk.
According to Senate Bill 1258 and Arizona Statute 15-701, our school must retain any 3rd grade student who scores Minimally Proficient (MP) on the AzMERIT test. The only exemptions to this are if the student is an English Language Learner and has had fewer than two years of English language instruction, or if the student has a disability as defined in Arizona Statute 15-761 and the IEP team agrees that promotion is appropriate based on the IEP.
What does this mean? Our school will have strong intervention and remedial strategies put into place for your child if they are retained in 3rd grade. As a parent, you can talk with your child’s teacher and principal about options for your child’s support for the following year. Intervention and remedial strategies that may be used include assigning your child to a different teacher for reading instruction; summer school reading instruction; intensive reading instruction that occurs before, during, or after school; and/or online reading instruction. Your school has programs in place that they will assign your child.
When test scores are released in the summer, if your child tested in 3rd grade and scores MP in the reading portion, you will be contacted through a phone call and/or letter which will inform you of the retention, as well as review the intervention pieces that will be in place for your child.
It is our goal to partner with you and make this transition as smooth as possible for your child. The goal is that your child will be a successful reader, which will provide them the foundation necessary to succeed in other areas of school. If you are unsure of how your child is doing in reading, please contact/email your teacher. Please email or call your principal if you need further clarification on this policy or any of the intervention pieces in place.
Arizona’s Move On When Reading legislation is designed to provide students with scientifically based reading instruction in kindergarten through 3rd grade in order to position them for success as they progress through school, college, and career.