Third Grade Reading Guarantee
Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee identifies students who are behind in reading. It covers students in kindergarten through third grade. The state passed it to make sure students are on track to read successfully.
How does it affect your child?
Your child's school must test students at the start of each school year. If they are reading below grade level, the school must create a plan to help the student improve.
Advancing to fourth grade
Most students must meet a minimum score on the state reading test or an alternative test to move to fourth grade. Your child may need to stay in third grade if your child does not meet that score.
Exceptions include if a student:
- Is learning to speak english;
- Is on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and the IEP says he or she cannot repeat third grade because of reading;
- Has received reading help for at least two years and has repeated a grade before.
The school will continue to test your child's reading. Your child may be able to take other fourth-grade subjects if ready. The student may move into fourth grade during the school year if the student's reading improves enough.
Talk to your child's teacher for more information.
What can you do as a parent/guardian?
You can ask your child's teacher the following questions:
How well is my child reading? The teacher can tell you whether your child's reading level is where it should be, or if it's improving.
Can my child get more help? Marion City Schools offers extra help if needed and can direct you to other resources. Your child's teacher can give you more information.
What if the plan isn't working? There should be ways that the school can make sure the plan is working or change it if needed.
What can I do at home to help? You can read with your child 20 minutes a day at home. Ask your child's teacher for more tips.