Outside Intervention or Tutoring Provider
Districts and community schools must make available and pay for intervention or tutoring services if requested by a parent of a student who was retained in third grade because of reading. Because local circumstances and needs vary, each district has authority to select its own service provider. Districts and schools may, but are not required, to use this screening tool to help evaluate potential service providers.
Teachers in Split Classrooms
Properly licensed teachers for students retained in third grade and placed in Grades 3-4 split classrooms - This guidance explains the various types of credentials that qualify an educator under the law to teach these split classes.
3rd Grade Reading Alternative Assessment List
The Alternative Assessment is a standardized assessment(s) for reading determined by the Ohio Department of Education for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. It allows a third grade student to take and demonstrate an acceptable level of reading performance for promotion to the fourth grade.
Students in third grade in 2014-2015 may only be promoted to the fourth grade based on their acceptable level of performance on an Alternative Assessment if they do not earn a 394 or higher on the fall or spring third grade reading Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA). The cut scores in the chart below for Alternative Assessments are aligned to the 394 OAA cut score for the 2014-2015 school year.
Alternative Assessment FAQ
Research-Based Reading Instruction Programs
One option for teachers to meet the requirement of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee is to complete an approved research-based reading instruction program. ODE has released the criteria it will use to evaluate and approve these programs. A list of ODE approved programs for this qualification option is posted here. Please keep in mind that this qualification expires at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year, at which time one of the qualifications that does not expire must be obtained (e.g. reading endorsement, master’s in reading or literacy, or a passing score on the Praxis 5203).
District Presentations on Third Grade Reading Guarantee Implementation to State Board of Education (February 10, 2014)
The reading diagnostic, also known as a screener, must be administered by September 30th. It measures whether a student is on-track or not on-track for reading at grade level according to the previous year’s end-of-year standards.
Approved Vendor Comparable Assessments
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. The new ODE diagnostic assessment screeners will be available by August 1, 2013.
NOTE: The Ohio Department of Education does not approve the monetary aspect and cost structure of the provision of vendor provided assessment services. Monetary aspects and cost structure of the provision of services are determined between the District and the vendor. ODE will not provide any funds for district use of the assessments on this list or any other assessments the district may consider for use as a diagnostic.
NOTE: If a district is using an assessment not on the ODE approved list, that assessment may not be used to fulfill the September 30 Diagnostic administration requirement as required by law, but that assessment may still be used during the year for formative purposes.
Last Modified: 4/14/2015 3:41:43 PM