Third grade reading guarantee

Ohio Public Radio

A Republican state senator wants to roll back nearly 100 hundred requirements for school districts, ranging from mandates on school personnel, to directives for students.

Classes in the Columbus City Schools start later this month.   But more than 800 third-graders still haven’t passed the state reading test. Alison Holm reports.

At least three big school districts including Columbus, are pleading with state education officials to take a close look at what they think is a major discrepancy.

The Ohio House of Representatives has approved a bill prohibiting schools from using the results of new proficiency tests being conducted this school year to determine a student's advancement to the next grade level.

A progressive-leaning think tank and the state’s largest teachers’ union have released data they say shows mixed grades last year for Ohio’s students who need to pass a key elementary school test. 

Ohio Third grade students are taking the first round of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee test this week.

641 Columbus City Schools third-graders got another crack at the reading portion of the state assessment test today.

Columbus City Schools employees and an army of volunteers are literally going door-to-door this week in what is being called a "Summer School Blitz", designed to get students who haven't passed the third grade reading assessment back into class. 

The Columbus City Schools' focus on getting third graders reading at grade level is paying off - but the promotion of some students is still in question.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald is calling on Republican incumbent John Kasich to halt the third grade guarantee. 

New Third Grade Literacy Testing Coming Soon

Mar 13, 2014

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.

Education Activists, Officials Identify Loophole In 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee

Mar 10, 2014

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.

Third Grade Reading Test Results Released

Dec 13, 2013

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.