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Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Contact: Zach Phelps, District Testing Coordinator

zphelps@nwlsd.org

Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee is a program to identify students from kindergarten through grade 3 that are behind in reading. Schools will provide help and support to make sure students are on track for reading success by the end of third grade.

About the Third Grade Reading Guarantee 

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 and monitoring plan.

Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan (RIMP)- 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.  

For the 2016-17 school year, the minimum score is 44. This score must be attained either in the Fall or Spring administration of the state reading test. The student may also meet this requirement by receiving a RIT score of 196 or higher on the Winter, Spring, or Summer MAP assessment. 

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. 

Schools can move students to the fourth grade in the middle of the year if the student's reading improves. 

For additional information on the Third Grade Guarantee, click the link below:
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Third-Grade-Reading-Guarantee