Third Grade Reading Guarantee Resources

Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee is a program to identify students from kindergarten through grade 3 that are behind in reading.  Schools will provide help and support to make sure students are on track for reading success by the end of third grade.  The department provides policy guidance, instructional tools, and resources on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

The Ohio Department of Education created a guidance manual to help school districts, community schools, and chartered nonpublic schools understand the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

Why is 3rd Grade Reading so Important?

                                                                            PROMOTION SCORE UPDATE
The State Board of Education has voted to raise the promotion score of the grade 3 Ohio’s State Test in English Language Arts to 677 for the 2018-2019 school year. Any student who scores 677 or higher on the English language arts scaled score will be eligible for promotion at the end of the year.

In addition, the Ohio Department of Education has set the reading subscore alternative promotion score for the grade 3 English language arts test at 45 for the 2018-2019 school year. Any student who scores 45 or higher on the reading subscore will be eligible for promotion at the end of the year, even if the student scores below 677 on the English language arts test.

Third Grade Reading Guarantee Family Resources
The ability to read is the foundation of learning. Research shows that children who are not reading at a third-grade level by the end of grade 3 are likely to have trouble learning in all classroom subjects in higher grades. 

Resources to Help Your Child
Struggling readers greatly benefit from their families’ involvement and help at home. The following links will give you the information you need about Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
Third Grade Reading Guarantee Parent RoadMaps
Fact sheet: Third Grade Reading Guarantee
Parents' Guide to Student Success

Family and Community Literacy Support Toolbox
The purpose of the Family and Community Toolbox is to provide resources in order to build upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within a child’s daily routine in the home and community. The resources contained in this toolbox provide encouragement to families and caregivers in supporting the early language and literacy development of children in their care.

Outside Intervention or Tutoring Provider
Districts and community schools must make available and pay for intervention or tutoring services if the parents of retained third grade students request them. Because local circumstances and needs vary, each district has authority to select its own service provider.
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