Ohio House Approves Revised Teacher Eligibility Measure

May 16, 2013

The Ohio House has unanimously approved a bill making more teachers eligible to participate in meeting Ohio's new third-grade reading guarantee. 

The House adopted revised teacher eligibility guidelines and other changes to the program, which requires that students be proficient in reading before leaving third grade.  House Education Committee Chair Gerald Stebelton says school districts and educators raised concerns about having adequate staff to help meet the guarantee. 42 hundred of Ohio's 34 thousand licensed preschool-through-3rd grade teachers would have qualified as program instructors under initial guidelines.