UPDATE: More Than 40K Ohio 3rd-Graders Lag Reading Target

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE 12/13/2013 12:30 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - As many as a third of Ohio third-graders scored below a new literacy target on fall reading tests that provide the first view of how many may be at risk of failing a grade this year.

Under the state's new Third Grade Reading Guarantee, students can be held back if they don't meet tough new reading targets.

State results posted Friday showed 32,905 students, or 26.2 percent of those who took the fall reading test, showed limited proficiency that misses the new mark. About half of the 21,177 students who showed basic proficiency also will fall below what's been dubbed the "cut score" for passing third grade.

Officials say those who lag at year's end will have several opportunities to re-take reading and advance to fourth grade.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio House has unanimously approved a bill making more teachers eligible to participate in meeting Ohio's new third-grade reading guarantee.

In a 98-0 vote Wednesday, the House adopted revised teacher eligibility guidelines and other changes to the program, which requires that students be proficient in reading before leaving third grade.

House Education Chairman Gerald Stebelton said school districts and educators raised concerns about having adequate staff to help meet the guarantee. Only 4,200 of Ohio's 34,000 licensed preschool-through-3rd grade teachers would have qualified as program instructors under initial guidelines.

Stebelton said lawmakers weren't given enough time last year to anticipate all the problems with the program before it was approved as part of Gov. John Kasich's midterm budget.

House changes now return to the Senate.

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