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.


Under newly enacted legislation for the 2020-2021 school year (Section 18 of House Bill 164 of the 133rd General Assembly), no district, community school, STEM school or chartered nonpublic school shall retain a student in the third grade who does not meet the promotion score of 683 on the Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English language arts if the student's principal and reading teacher agree that other evaluations of the student's skills in reading demonstrate the student is academically prepared to be promoted to the fourth grade. This provision applies to students who are in third grade for the 2020-2021 school year and would be enrolling in the fourth grade for the 2021-2022 school year, unless retained.
The promotion score of 683 established as the basis for promotion for third grade students completing the 2019-2020 school year and who will be in fourth grade (unless retained) at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year will remain the same for third grade students completing the 2020-2021 school year and who will be in fourth grade (unless retained) at the beginning the 2021-2022 school year.

The Ohio Department of Education today posted more information in the form of Frequently Asked Questions regarding assessment for and development of Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans (RIMPs). The Department has received many questions about implementation of RIMPs for the 2020-2021 academic year. This page provides helpful answers to those questions, while highlighting resources that may be useful for educators and families alike.

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.

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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