Information for Parents and Teachers
ODE Third Grade Reading Guarentee Web Page
Legislation has created Ohio’s Third-Grade Reading Guarantee. This legislation is a mandate and emphasizes
reading instruction and intervention in the early grades. The new Third-Grade Reading Guarantee law
impacts parents, students, schools and districts in many ways.
All students entering the third grade must demonstrate a certain level of competency in reading before
advancing to the fourth grade. This level will start between “limited” and “proficient” on Ohio’s Achievement
Assessment in reading for grade 3, and will rise over time. Almost all of the provisions of the law took effect
in the 2012-2013 school year.
Ohio’s diagnostic assessments are aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards. The primary purpose of the diagnostic assessments is to provide a tool to check the progress of students toward meeting the standards. The diagnostic assessments were developed in two formats:
Screener: measures beginning year skills
Full Measure: measures end-of-year skills
Based on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, districts/schools must administer a reading diagnostic assessment to all students
in kindergarten through grade three by September 30 of each school year to meet the requirements of the Third Grade Reading
Guarantee. Districts have the option of using the state-developed diagnostics or a vendor assessment on the department’s approved
list of diagnostic assessments. Districts who use the state-developed diagnostics must print the assessments locally.
Districts/schools must administer a mathematics diagnostic assessment to all students in grades one
and two, and a writing diagnostic assessment to all students in grades one, two, and three at least once
during the school year.
A district's/community school's ability to use a vendor diagnostic assessment for writing and mathematics is contingent on the
previous year's letter grades for the categories Performance Index and Value-Added. If a district earned an "A" or "B" grade
in Performance Index or Value-Added on the previous year's report card, then the district may use a vendor diagnostic
assessment. All results must be reported into EMIS. Student results will be reported as on-trackand not on-track. (Note: On the
Student Score Sheet, students who score in the category of "further assessment may be needed" is considered "on track". However,
it is strongly encouraged to provide interventions to these students.)
NOTE: The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) created a list of approved reading diagnostic assessments comparable to the ODE reading
diagnostic assessment for assessing K-3 reading proficiency. Instead of using the state diagnostic assessments, districts may choose to use an
assessment on the ODE approved list of diagnostic assessments as an option to determine if a student is on-track for reading.
Ohio Diagnostic Assessments
THE REQUIRED GRADES TO BE ADMINISTERED A DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT ARE:
§ READING: KINDERGARTEN, FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD
§ MATH: FIRST AND SECOND
§ WRITING: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD
§ CLICK HERE FOR DIAGNOSTIC TEST SITE where you can download all materials
The law requires that schools provide student-specific reading support and instruction to identified students
within 60 days after identifying the student as not on track. Reading support includes intensive,
individualized, and regular instruction using research-based strategies.
The district must develop a reading improvement and monitoring plan for each student identified as reading
below grade level. The plan must do the following:
- Identify the student’s specific reading skill level
- Describe the additional instructional services and support
- Include opportunities for parental involvement
- Specify a process for monitoring the student’s receipt of the services and support
- Provide a reading curriculum that assesses his or her reading progress using vetted assessments and
- research-based strategies
- State that the student may be retained in third grade for failure to pass the third grade reading
If a student is retained in third-grade because of the reading guarantee, he/she will be provided with student
-specific instruction that aligns with their achievement levels to bring them up to grade level.
Both of our elementary schools are school-wide Title I schools. As a part of this program every parent
receives a parent compact. The purpose of the School-Parent Compact is to build and foster the development
of a school-parent partnership to help all children achieve the State’s high standards. It establishes the
responsibility for improved student achievement as one shared by parents, the child, and teachers.
The compact is for every student, parent and classroom teacher but will be particularly important for parents
of students identified as not on track in reading in grades K-3. Parents of students not on track in reading will
receive a letter notifying them of their child’s status and inviting them to join with their child’s classroom
teacher and as appropriate Title I or Intervention teacher in creating a reading improvement and monitoring
plan that is consistent with the law. The Title I compact describes how parents can support their child’s
reading development at home and become involved at school.
Third Grade Reading Guarantee Teacher Resources - Click Here -includes licensure guidance and other support
PARENT ROADMAPS TO UNDERSTANDING THE THIRD GRADE READING GUARANTEE
click here: Third Grade Reading Guarantee Parent Roadmaps
Resources for Parents to Use at Home
Created for grades K-8 high school English language arts/literacy and mathematics the guides provide clear, consistent
expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.
Reading First Ohio
Family involvement strengthens student learning and improves academic achievement. Students with active family support have better attendance, pass more classes and earn more credits resulting in higher grade point averages and higher test scores. As a result, they are more likely to continue their education beyond high school and learn social and behavioral skills that help them at home, at school and throughout life.
INFOhio, a virtual K-12 library, transforms teaching and learning by connecting educational resources with the power of information technology. INFOhio's Core Collection of Electronic Resources, 16 tools selected for K-12 research, provides state-funded resources free to all Ohio K-12 students and and educators for the 2011-2012 school year. A username and password are required for home access; see your school library media specialist, technology coordinator or classroom teacher.
Watch how the letters of the alphabet re-form into animals. Preschool - K
Sesame Street Games, Videos, Instruction
An open source free reading intervention program for grades K-6
PBS Parents is a trusted resource that’s filled with information on child development and early learning. It also serves as a parent's window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs.
International Children's Digital Library
The ICDL is a rich resource which can be used in a wonderfully wide range of situations by children, parents, teachers, librarians and others from all walks of life. Children can expand upon the stories to create games; parents can extract themes to help explain important lessons; teachers can utilize the multicultural nature of the collection to teach languages; librarians can enrich community outreach programs with tales from around the world and; of course, anyone can just open a book to read for pleasure.
National PTA - Literacy
Reading is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. We prepare and motivate children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. We inspire children to be lifelong readers through the power of choice. RIF provides new, free books for children to choose from and make their own.
RIF - Reading Planet