Senate Bill 21 authorizes changes to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Gov. John Kasich has signed into law Senate Bill 21, which the Ohio General Assembly passed to make it easier for school districts to carry out Ohio’s Third-Grade Reading Guarantee. As a result of the bill’s changes, more teachers may be eligible to teach reading to students affected by the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The bill also describes a course of action for districts that will have too few qualified teachers to fully implement the guarantee this coming school year and makes additional provisions for students with disabilities and students who are English language learners. For an overview of revisions made by the bill, see the June Update here. For additional resources related to the guarantee, click here.

7 thoughts on “Senate Bill 21 authorizes changes to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee

  1. What does this phrase ” Rated “most effective” for reading instruction consecutively for the most recent two years based on approved assessments of student growth” mean? How do you know if you qualify as “most effective”?

    • The “above expected value added” growth is really a measure best suited for four or fifth grade educators who will be taking third-grade assignments. The specific characteristics of what determines this designation are defined as being two standard deviations above the mean. To determine a “most effective” rating, schools are asked to utilize comparable assessment data to determine whether a teacher has attained a level 5 on a scale of 1-5. The school’s vendor (ex. STAR Reading) was instructed by ODE to develop an equivalent leveling using their product. As such, the school will need to contact the vendor to determine at what level your teachers are performing. Questions about this topic also may be directed to

  2. Your “click here” captions are not linked yet. I am watching this and am curious as to how it all falls in the end.
    Thank you.

  3. Never mind; my internet connection must have been slow, because they magically work now.

    • Word Press does not allow the link to show up on the main page of the article. I have adjusted the article so that when you click “continue reading,” you will be directed to an inside page where the links work. Thanks for your comments.

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