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Supports and Strategies for the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee, Part 2

by | Sep 23, 2013
By Judy VanVoorhis and Julie Vujevich

As the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee initiative continues to unfold, many of our OAC/TIF districts have been busy planning and implementing supports and processes in an effort to improve literacy in the early grades. 

The Challenge

All new initiatives present challenges to our school districts, and the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee is no different. In working with our districts, here are the challenges OAC districts have identified:
  • Districts need more teachers endorsed in reading.
  • Districts need help determining which diagnostics to use.
  • Districts need to develop procedures to assess new students.
  • Districts need to balance meeting the varying needs of students.

Some Solutions

We asked:

And OAC districts told us:
  • River View Local Schools have leveraged Title Reading Teachers’ schedules to provide supports to students in need, written action plans for K-3 students who are at risk, and document all interventions.
  • Belpre City Schools developed a plan to provide support and intervention for students who were not on track and will provide students at risk with targeted intervention four days a week for four hours. In the 2012-13 school year, they employed four full-time substitute teachers to provide reading support in the classroom as well as pull-out support with specific kids, and also held an extensive summer reading program.  
  • Batavia Local Schools use the Response to Intervention (RTI) process to provide intervention to students not on track or students that have multiple data points indicating strategic intervention. They currently use Project More, My Sidewalks, and Corrective Reading for intervention.
  • New Miami Local Schools, an Ohio TIF district, was awarded the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee Grant. Over the summer, they hosted an intensive two week summer school program for first through third grade students, and are currently facilitating a five-week after-school program. Teachers are also required to attend training focused on reading diagnostics/analysis and matching research-based interventions. Teachers will work collaboratively to plan lessons and interventions.
  • Valley Local Schools, an Ohio TIF district, conducted a Parent Academy in August to help build basic literacy skills among families in order to be able to help foster reading outside of the school hours.
  • Georgetown Exempted Village Schools also received the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee Grant, along with the Pickaway County ESC and other Pickaway County districts. Through this grant, they’ll be training four teachers using Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) kits.
As your district continues to work through strategies and processes to address the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee, we encourage you to connect with your OAC/TIF peers and work together to share resources. If you want to learn more about what another district is doing, ask – we’ll help connect you. Have challenges or solutions to add to our list? Please add a comment below. 

What’s next?

In October, 10 K-3 teachers from OAC and SOAR will take the Teaching Reading: Elementary Education (5203) test. When complete, we’ll work with them to help share their experiences, advice, and best practices. This will be the topic for the next post in our 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee blog series.

Until then, connect and share through our blog, the Collaboration Space and Twitter using #OACteach.