North Carolina End-of-Grade testing for grades 3 and 4 will occur near the end of the school year. Fifth grade will also take the Science End-of Grade test. Results are usually available several weeks after administration and are shared with the parents. North Carolina state law now requires that third graders who are not reading at a proficient level on the end-of-grade test be given additional support. If your child is not proficient on the end-of-grade test in reading at the end of third grade your child will be given the opportunity to retest. If your child is not proficient on the retest, he or she will be invited to attend a free summer reading camp to help improve his or her reading skills. Following summer reading camp, your child’s reading will be assessed again. If your child’s reading is proficient, he or she will be eligible for promotion to fourth grade. If your child does not score proficient, he or she will be placed in fourth grade classes the following year with a third-grade retention label. Ninety minutes of uninterrupted reading instruction will be provided daily in these classes. Your child will be eligible to retake the reading test in late October to achieve a mid-year promotion and have the third-grade retention label removed. Your child will remain in the same fourth grade class for the entire school year and continue to receive the uninterrupted reading instruction throughout fourth grade to support ongoing improvement in reading skills.