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  • The Third Grade Reading Guarantee 

    Ohio legislators enacted the Third Grade Reading Guarantee that is aimed at school districts diagnosing reading deficiencies in students at grades kindergarten through three, creating individualized Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans and providing intensive reading interventions. The goal is to have all students reading on grade level.

    How it Works
    Each year by September 30th, schools will evaluate all children in grades kindergarten to grade three to determine if they are reading as well as they should be. If a child appears to be falling behind in reading, the school will immediately start a reading improvement plan. Johnstown Elementary will use i-ready by Curriculum Associates as the diagnostic measure for the Third Grade Guarantee.  The diagnostic assessment has a determined score a child should meet to be considered reading on level. Students scoring below an established cut score will be considered "not on track" for reading success and placed on a Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan.  Some students that are at or above the determined scores will be considered "on track" but may also be placed on a Reading Improvement Plan so that the child's instruction and interventions may continue to be monitored this school year.
    Reading Improvement Plan 
    This plan will address each student's unique reading problems. Schools will monitor the plan to make sure the student's reading is improving.  Schools will work closely with parents to help create a remedy and for parents to be able to support the plan. A Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan must include the following:
    - Notification that the student has been identified as having a substantial deficiency in reading
    - A description of the current services that are provided to the student
    - A description of the proposed supports that will be provided to the student that are designed to remediate the identified areas of reading deficiency
    - How the plan will be monitored
    - Notification that if the student attains a score in the range designated under division (A)(3) of section 3301.0710 of the Revised Code on the assessment prescribed under that section to measure skill in English language arts expected at the end of third grade, the student shall be retained unless the student is exempt under division (A) of this section. 
    Advancing to Fourth Grade
     Except for those with special circumstances, students must meet a minimum score on the state reading test to move on to the fourth grade. Third graders will take Ohio's State Test for English Language Arts on October 23-24, 2018 and again in the spring of 2019. Students receive two different score measures: a promotion score and a scale score. A student must meet a  promotion score of 677 or a promotion subscore of 45 on the state assessment to be eligible for promotion to 4th grade while an overall scale score of 700 is considered proficient. Districts may choose to offer an alternative assessment for third grade students that do not meet the promotion score on the state assessment. The alternative assessment will be administered to students that do not reach the promotion score on the October test. Dates for the alternative assessment will be forthcoming.