Third graders in the Huber Heights City School District and throughout Ohio recently completed the fall administration of Ohio’s State Test in English Language Arts. The fall administration of the English Language Arts test to third graders is part of the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee.” This comprehensive piece of legislation (Ohio Revised Code 3313.608) is designed to identify which students in kindergarten through grade three are having trouble with reading and then provide these students with extra reading help right away. The goal is to get these boys and girls caught up in reading as soon as possible.
Under the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee”, each elementary school in Ohio must assess the reading skills of each student in kindergarten through third grade at the beginning of every school year. If the results of a child’s assessment show that the child is falling behind in reading, the school must develop a reading improvement plan. This plan addresses the child’s specific reading problems and what interventions will occur in order to help the child’s reading skills improve.
Another component of the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee” requires each student to earn a minimum score in reading in order to advance to the fourth grade. The third grade reading test is given twice during the school year, once in the fall and once in the spring. In the 2016 – 2017 school year, 93.9% of third graders in Ohio met or exceeded the minimum score required on the third grade reading test. It is important to note that the law does not provide a parent the right to refuse the requirements of the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee”. This includes student retention, diagnostic assessments, reading improvement and monitoring plans, and intervention services.
The purpose of Ohio’s “Third Grade Guarantee” is to identify and provide every student in kindergarten thru third grade having difficulty with reading and reading skills the support he or she needs to be able to learn and achieve. We continue to work with our staff members in order to help our students become successful readers. If you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.