The Ohio Department of Education says third-graders will have three new ways to show they read well enough to move on to the fourth grade.
Educational advocates are pointing out a discrepancy in Ohio's third grade reading guarantee.
New research by the non-profit Annie E. Casey Foundation shows poverty plays a major role in whether Ohio fourth-graders can read.
The Ohio Department of Education says today 26 percent of third-graders scored below a new literacy target on reading tests taken in the fall.
The Columbus City Schools are taking steps to address the issue of grade-reading readiness, and to come into compliance with the state's third grade reading guarantee.
State lawmakers have approved a bill making more teachers temporarily eligible to participate in meeting Ohio's new third-grade reading guarantee.