Wake Ed

March 11, 2014

Wake County schools starting first Read To Achieve camp

Wake County’s year-round schools are starting reading camps now to comply with the Read To Achieve law because the schools don’t have a continuous six-week summer break after the end of the school year.

Today, March 11, marks the start of the reading camps in Wake County for third-grade students who need help to meet the requirements of the state’s Read To Achieve law.

Under the law, third-grade students who fail the state’s end-of-grade reading test face attending reading camps and risk not being promoted if they don’t fall under one of several exemptions. The camps are supposed to run for six to eight weeks over the summer after the school year ends.

That timing won’t work for Wake County’s multi-track year-round schools, which don’t have that a long a break between the end of one school year and the start of the next one.

Instead, the year-round schools are holding their camps during the trackout periods when students are supposed to be on break. The camps will be spread over multiple trackouts.

Track 1 holds its first camp starting today and running through Friday.

The lack of a summer break long enough to hold the camps isn’t the only challenge facing Wake County year-round elementary schools trying to comply with Read To Achieve.

Most third-grade students in North Carolina will have taken the end-of-grade reading test before the camps are held. This means students who attend will have failed the exam.

But Wake’s year-round third-grade students haven’t yet taken the end-of-grade test so schools are placing kids they feel are most at risk of not passing the exam and who aren’t covered by an exemption.

Click here to view the schedule of dates for Wake’s reading camps.

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