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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 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.

2021-2022 PROMOTION UPDATE 

MERGENCY LEGISLATION CHANGES THE THIRD GRADE READING GUARANTEE PROMOTION CRITERIA FOR 2021-2022

Governor DeWine signed Senate Bill 229 of the 134th General Assembly on Dec. 14, 2021. The following emergency clause takes place immediately.  

 

RETENTION CRITERIA FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

No school district, community school, STEM school and no chartered nonpublic schools subject to ORC 3301.163 can retain a student in the third grade based solely on a student's academic performance in reading in the 2021-2022 school year unless the principal and reading teacher, in consultation with the student’s parent or guardian, agree the student is reading below grade level and is not prepared for 4th grade.

 

PARENTAL CONSULTATION IN PROMOTION DECISIONS

The 2021-2022 school year, if a third-grade student's academic performance in reading in the 2021-2022 school year is below grade level but the student's building principal and reading teacher, in consultation with the student's parent or guardian, agree that the student is prepared to be promoted to the fourth grade, the student may be promoted.

However, if the principal of the school building in which a student is enrolled and the student's reading teacher, in consultation with the student's parent or guardian, agree that the student is reading below grade level and is not prepared to be promoted to the fourth grade, a student in the third grade may be retained.


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.

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.

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