District Resources

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 2015-2016 may be promoted to the fourth grade based on their acceptable level of performance on an Alternative Assessment if they do not earn the promotion score on the 3rd grade ELA test (information on this score for the 2015-2016 school year is forthcoming. The cut scores in the chart below for Alternative Assessments are aligned to the 394 OAA cut score for the 2014-2015 school year. Updated cut scores for the 2015-2016 school year are forthcoming.

Assessments Service Summary Promotion Score
Iowa Assessments

Iowa Assessments Form F Level 9
(grade 3)

The test which must be administered is READING Parts 1 & 2.

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Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) - Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) - Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) 184
Terra Nova 3 Terra Nova 3 596

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). 

Diagnostic Assessments

The reading diagnostic, also known as a screener, must be administered by September 30th for grades one through three and by November 1st for kindergarten. 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

Vendor Assessment Form C
Amplify Wireless Generation mCLASS: DIBELS Next mCLASS: DIBELS Next
Cambium DIBELS Next DIBELS Next
DIBELS Next Cost
Curriculum & Associates iReady Diagnostic iReady DX
Global Scholar Performance Series Reading Performance Series Reading
NWEA MAP for Reading Assessments (K-3) MAP for Reading Assessments (K-3)
Pearson Clinical Assessment Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests WRMT-III Form C
Pearson Clinical Assessment AIMSWEB AIMSWEB
Pearson School Developmental Reading Assessment Developmental Reading
Pearson School Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE) Group Reading Assessment
Renaissance Learning STAR Reading Enterprise STAR Reading
Renaissance Learning STAR Early Literacy Enterprise STAR Early Literacy
Scholastic, Inc. Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)

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.

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 Diagnostic administration requirement as required by law, but that assessment may still be used during the year for formative purposes.

The Law

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Last Modified: 7/31/2015 10:09:16 AM