Ohio's Reading Guarantee
Recently, new legislation, commonly referred to as the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee”, was enacted in the State of . This law states that all students entering the third grade must demonstrate a certain level of competency in reading before advancing to the fourth grade. The new Third-Grade Reading Guarantee law impacts students, schools, and districts in many ways. School districts must administer a diagnostic reading assessment to all students in Kindergarten through Third grade by September 30 each year. Once the assessment results are available, the law requires that parents be notified if their children are not on track. Not On-track means any student who is not reading at grade level based on previous end of year standards by the September 30 assessment. Our district will use Ohio Diagnostics screeners and Success For All assessments to assess K-2 students, and the SFA 4 Sight tests for third graders.
Beginning 2012-13, this law also specifies unless a student attains the appropriate level of reading competency by the end of Grade 3, the student will be retained with some exceptions. For 2013-14, the exceptions become more limited. For complete information you may link to: Ohio Reading Guarantee