Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee is a program to identify students from kindergarten through grade 3 that are behind in reading. Schools will provide help and support to make sure students are on track for reading success by the end of third grade.


We provide policy guidance, instructional tools and resources on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. 

Third Grade Reading Guarantee Parent RoadMaps

Fact sheet: Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Guidance Manual (September 2015): Third Grade Reading Guarantee

About the Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee ensures that every struggling reader gets the support he or she needs to be able to learn and achieve.

How it Works

In kindergarten through grade three, schools will evaluate all children to determine if they are reading as well as they should be. If a child appears to be falling behind in reading, the school will immediately start a reading improvement plan.

The reading improvement plan will address each student's unique reading problems. Schools will monitor the plan to make sure the student's reading is improving.

Schools will work closely with parents to help create a remedy and for parents to be able to support the plan.

Advancing to Fourth Grade

Except for those with special circumstances, students must meet a minimum score on the state reading test to move on to the fourth grade. This score may be attained either in the Fall or Spring administration of the state reading test.

If the student remains in the third grade, the school must provide a high-performing reading teacher and 90 minutes of reading instruction each school day.

Parents of retained third-grade students should ask their school how their child is performing in other subjects, such as math, science, and social studies. Schools should be instructing retained third-grade students at their individual ability levels for all subjects.

Schools can move students to the fourth grade in the middle of the year if the student's reading improves.

How it Helps

Studies on Florida's version of the Third Grade Guarantee show that students who remained in the third grade and received intensive reading instruction, improved dramatically in overall school performance in the years following.

Last Modified: 9/17/2015 4:52:14 PM