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3rd Grade Reading Guarantee in the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative, Part 1

by User Not Found | Aug 20, 2013
By Judy VanVoorhis, Julie Vujevich

As new challenges arise, we are proud of our OAC/TIF districts for working together to research, prepare, and implement strategies and processes to address the challenge. The 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee is another great example of our districts joining forces to share information across districts and problem solve together. 

Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing new tools and processes that OAC/TIF teachers and administrators will be using to build capacity in K-3 literacy in a 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee blog series. To start, let’s share some background information and begin to identify the gaps our districts are experiencing when it comes to implementing strategies to address the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee.

About the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee

In 2012, Ohio was one of 14 states to have passed legislation geared toward improving 3rd-grade literacy and have put in place a retention rule that holds back students who are not reading at grade level. This video, by the Ohio Department of Education, provides a quick overview of the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee, and can also serve as a great resource when communicating with parents about the initiative.



This document provides more detail outlining state policies for 3rd-grade reading proficiency, including identification of, intervention for, and retention of struggling readers in the P-3 grades. It provides a state-by-state policy summary, sample statutory language, and highlights from bills enacted in 2012 (Stephanie Rose, ESC, August 2012).

This fall, all OAC/TIF districts will have met or will meet compliance of the revised 3rd Grade Guarantee requirements posted on the Ohio Department of Education’s website, including:
  • All students will be tested by September 30, 2013.
  • Notices will be sent home to the parent or guardian of the child “not on track.”
  • Students, including SWDs, not on track have a Reading Improvement Monitoring Plan (RIMP). 
  • As part of the RIMP, students will be regrouped based on needed skill sets. 
  • Students not on track will receive an additional 30 minutes of intervention, beyond the core reading program.
For more information, visit ODE’s website. 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee FAQs can be found here

Help us identify the greatest needs around the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee

So far, our districts have identified the following as their greatest needs around 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee:
  • Not having enough teachers endorsed in reading.
  • Determining which diagnostics to use.
  • Balancing meeting students where they are at and meeting the needs of all students.
  • Supporting students with disabilities who are not on track by the end of the year (not with a blanket exemption).
  • Developing procedures to assess new students.
Has your district identified a need that isn’t listed above? What other questions do you have? Please share by adding a comment below, on the Collaboration Space (use your Ohio Portal username and password to log in), or Twitter using the hashtag #OACteach. Our goal is to work together to fill in the gaps and share strategies that work through our blog series, on our Collaboration Space, and on Twitter. You can find a 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee discussion thread on the OAC Collaboration Space here.

What’s next?

In Part 2 of our blog series we’ll share supports, strategies, and processes OAC/TIF districts currently have in place, or are working toward, to improve 3rd-grade reading literacy. Please share what your district is doing in the comments below, on the Collaboration Space, or through Twitter using the hashtag #OACteach.

As our 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee blog series continues, we plan to share experiences from our OAC and SOAR K-3 teachers who will be taking the reading test in October and valuable resources and tools, such as the PreK-3rd Grade ELA and Mathematics Vertical Progression Guide.

We are looking forward to working together to tackle yet another challenge in the changing educational landscape!