Third Grade Reading Guarantee Teacher Resources

2020-2021 Promotion Update 

The temporary change in section 4 of House Bill  409 of the 133rd General Assembly impacts the 2020-2021 promotion criteria for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee to account for the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on student learning. Under this change, no school district, community school, STEM school and no chartered nonpublic school shall retain a student in the third grade based solely on a student's academic performance in reading in the 2020-2021 school year unless the principal of the school building and the student's reading teacher agree the student is reading below grade level and is not prepared to be promoted to the fourth grade.
Under this temporary change to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee for the 2020-2021 school year, no student should be retained for not meeting the promotion score or reading subscore on Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English language arts unless the child’s principal and reading teacher decide otherwise. Districts and schools may continue to use the Ohio State Test for grade 3 English language arts promotion score, reading subscore and alternative assessment scores for instructional purposes.


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.

Formative Instructional Practices (FIP) Resources

Formative instructional practices (FIP) are the formal and informal ways that teachers and students gather and respond to evidence of learning. There are four core components of FIP: clear learning targets, collecting and documenting evidence, student ownership, and effective feedback. Research shows that integrating these components into daily practice can increase student learning and teacher effectiveness.

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