Ohio's Third Grade Guarantee ensures that every struggling reader gets the support he or she needs to be able to learn and achieve.
How it Works
In kindergarten through grade three, schools will evaluate all children to determine if they are reading as well as they should be. If a child appears to be falling behind in reading, the school will immediately start a reading improvement plan.
Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan - This plan will address each student's unique reading problems. Schools will monitor the plan to make sure the student's reading is improving.
Schools will work closely with parents to help create a remedy and for parents to be able to support the plan.
Advancing to Fourth Grade
Except for those with special circumstances, students must meet a minimum score on the state reading test to move on to the fourth grade. In 2013-2014, the minimum score for advancement was 392. In 2014-2015, the minimum score was 394. The minimum score for advancement for 2015-2016 was a cut score of 42. Please note, the grade 3 reading proficient cut score was 50. This score had to be attained either in the Fall or Spring administration of the state reading test. For those who did not meet the minimum requirement, they were given an option to take a review course over the summer and an alternative test. Those scores will be available after August 17, 2016.
If the student remains in the third grade, the school must provide a high-performing reading teacher and 90 minutes of reading instruction each school day.
A student can still take fourth grade classes in all other subjects, if the student is ready.