Second Grade

Minimum Criteria for Second Grade Promotion to Third Grade
at Engelwood Elementary School

The following standardized testing results will be a factor:

Student will score above a 69 on Oral Reading Fluency as measured by the DIBELS.

Student will be at proficient level of iReady Reading.

Student will be at proficient level of iReady Mathematics.

Student will score at least a 2.5 grade level equivalent on the STAR test.


Other minimum criteria to consider:

Student will be able to read the K-1-2 sight words with 80% accuracy.

Student will be able to use proper punctuation and capitalization when writing sentences.

Student will be able to identify beginning, middle, and end in a story.

 Your child’s performance on the skills below will also be a factor in the decision of your child’s promotion to third grade:



The student…

  • Blends sound components into words and applies knowledge of beginning letter (onsets) and spelling patterns (rimes) in single and multi-syllable words
  • Uses a variety of structural cues (ex., word order, prefixes, suffixes, verb endings) to decode unfamiliar words.
  • Uses a variety of context clues (ex., illustrations, diagrams, information in the story, titles and heading, sequence) to construct meaning (meaning cues).
  • Uses context cues to define multiple meaning words
  • Uses a variety of strategies to comprehend text (ex., inference, self-monitoring, predicting, retelling, discussing, and restating ideas).
  • Uses knowledge of contractions, base words, prefixes and suffixes, compound words to determine meaning of words.
  • Uses resources and references to build upon word meanings (ex., dictionaries and glossaries)
  • Uses a variety of strategies to comprehend text (ex., self-monitoring, predicting, retelling, discussing, restating ideas).
  • Summarizes information in texts (including, but not limited to, central idea, supporting details, connections between texts).
  • Uses specific ideas, details,  and information from text to answer literal questions.
  • Makes connections and inferences based on text and prior knowledge (ex., order of events, possible outcomes).
  • Understands similarities and differences across texts (ex., topics, characters, problems).
  • Reads informational text for specific purposes.
  • Alphabetizes words according to first and second letter.
  • Locates information in simple reference materials.
  • Understands the difference between fact and opinion
  • Knows comprehension strategies and can apply while reading (ex., summarizing, predicting, monitoring, clarifying, asking questions, visualizing, making connections)


The student…

  • Uses knowledge of sentence composing to be able to start a sentence with a capital letter and end a sentence with the correct punctuation mark.
  • Can compose a complete sentence using sentence-expanding skills.
  • Can write a paragraph to go along with a given topic idea and or prompt.



The student…

  • Can count by 2s, 5s, and 10s
  •  Make tallies and give the total for tallies
  • Knows “easier” addition facts
  • Can complete simple Frames-and-Arrows diagrams
  • Can solve addition number stories
  • Finds equivalent names for numbers
  • Can show “P” for pennies, “N” for nickels, and “Q” for quarters for a given amount of money.
  • Knows addition facts
  • Knows “easier” subtraction facts
  • Can identify 2-dimensional shapes
  • Can add three 1 digit numbers mentally
  • Knows what the complements of 10 are
  • Can count by 2s, 5s, and 10s and describe the patterns.
  • Find missing addends for the next multiple of 10.
  • Can solve number grid puzzles
  • Can plot on a bar graph.
  • Uses equivalent coins to show money amounts in different ways.
  • Uses a calculator to compute money amounts.
  • Exchanges pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters
  • Can multiply numbers with a 0 or 1 as a factor.
  • Can tell time to five-minute intervals.
  •  Demonstrate calendar concepts and skills
  • Can compare quantities from a bar graph.

Ideas for helping your child at home:

Language Arts

  • Have a time each day for family members to read aloud or silently together.  Discuss the main character, setting, problem and resolution of your child’s book.
  • Write with your child and keep a journal of your own.
  • Have your child write a letter or e-mail a family member or friend.  Have your child create postcards to send.
  • Learn one word and what it means every day.  See how many times that word can be used in conversation during the day.
  • Assist with spelling activities in preparation for spelling tests.



  • Ask your child to help you bake a cake.  Allow your child to measure out all the ingredients.
  • Have your child accompany you to the grocery store with a calculator.  Have him/her round the price of each item to the nearest dollar and enter into the calculator.  When you reach the checkout ask your child for the expected estimated total.
  • Write word problems for your child to solve.  Let him/her write word problems for you to solve.
  • Assist with homework and activities through Homelinks.
  • Have your child count coins (pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters).
  • Have your child practice reading analog and digital clocks and tell you the time.
  • Play the math games at home to reinforce concepts that are being taught in