The Third Grade Reading Guarantee is designed to ensure that all Ohio’s students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Students must receive diagnostic assessments so those who are not on track for that target can get the extra time and help they need to overcome their reading deficiencies.
Some key points from the new requirement include:
- All K-3 students will undergo annual diagnostic tests to determine reading ability;
- If a student is not on track to read at grade level, the school district must create a reading improvement and monitoring plan that details the student’s reading deficiencies, describes needed interventions and includes parents in the improvement plan;
- Unless students are exempted for reasons stated in law, those who have not reached grade-level reading by the end of the third grade will be retained; and
- Students who are retained will continue to receive intensive remediation, including at least 90 minutes of reading instruction daily.
These provisions take effect this fall, but student retention under the new criteria will not occur until the 2013-2014 school year. For more information, click Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.