Third Grade Reading Guarantee, Reading Achievement Plans and District Reading Improvement Plans

Third Grade Reading Guarantee, Reading Achievement Plans and District Reading Improvement Plans

Promotion

Under newly enacted legislation for the 2020-2021 school year (Section 18 of House Bill 164 of the 133rd General Assembly), no district, community school, STEM school or chartered nonpublic school shall retain a student in the third grade who does not meet the promotion score of 683 on the Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English language arts if the student's principal and reading teacher agree that other evaluations of the student's skills in reading demonstrate the student is academically prepared to be promoted to the fourth grade. This provision applies to students who are in third grade for the 2020-2021 school year and would be enrolling in the fourth grade for the 2021-2022 school year, unless retained.
 
The promotion score of 683 established as the basis for promotion for third grade students completing the 2019-2020 school year and who will be in fourth grade (unless retained) at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year will remain the same for third grade students completing the 2020-2021 school year and who will be in fourth grade (unless retained) at the beginning the 2021-2022 school year.
 

Other Evaluations of Student Reading Skills to Determine Promotion in 2020-2021


For the 2020-2021 school year, districts are responsible for developing criteria for principals and reading teachers to use when determining if a student's reading skills demonstrate academic preparedness for promotion to fourth grade. The Ohio Department of Education encourages the use of valid and reliable assessment tools including, but not limited to, the state-developed Full Measure for third grade or an approved diagnostic assessment tool to determine whether a student is academically prepared for the fourth grade.
 
In addition, the principal and reading teacher may use other evidence when determining if a student not meeting the Third Grade Reading Guarantee promotion score is academically prepared for promotion to the fourth grade. Other evidence that could be used in conjunction with valid and reliable assessments may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Evidence collected and progress made during the school year or summer school; and/or
  • Recommendation(s) based on evidence collected that documents student performance in reading, including as part of a documented reading portfolio from the student’s intervention specialist, Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) specialist, English as a second language teacher or support service provider.
 
During the 2020-2021 academic year, schools should maintain documentation of decisions made regarding each third grade student’s promotion due to other evaluations of the student's skills in reading demonstrating the student is academically prepared for the fourth grade. Schools and districts will not be required to share documentation with the Ohio Department of Education, but a consistent documentation process will be helpful for record keeping and to ensure decisions made are as fair and consistent as possible.  


Reading Diagnostic Assessment

There are no changes to the Reading Diagnostic assessment requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see pages 4-7 in the Third Grade Reading Guarantee guidance manual for information about the reading diagnostic requirements.


Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans (RIMPs)

There are no changes to the Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan (RIMP) requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see page 11 of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee guidance manual for the Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan requirements.


Teacher Qualifications

Under newly enacted legislation (Section 13(B) of HB 164 of the 133rd General Assembly), the Third Grade Reading Guarantee teacher qualification requirements to teach third grade students with reading improvement and monitoring plans (RIMPs) and retained third grade students have been suspended for the 2020-2021 school year.
Where possible, the Department recommends that any teacher serving a student on a RIMP who does not meet the requirements should collaborate with a teacher who does meet the requirements to ensure high-quality interventions are being delivered. Please see pages 17-19 of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee guidance manual for a full list of the teacher qualifications.


Reading Achievement Plans Under Ohio Revised Code 3302.13

Due to the cancellation of the Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers measure for 2020 and Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English language arts for spring 2020, Ohio districts and community schools are not required to submit Reading Achievement Plans to the Ohio Department of Education in the 2020-2021 school year. However, the Department will provide opportunities for districts and community schools to receive support in implementing their existing Reading Achievement Plans in the 2020-2021 school year.


District Reading Improvement Plans Under Ohio Revised Code 3301.0715(G)

Due to the cancellation of Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English language arts for spring 2020, Ohio districts, community schools and STEM schools are not required to submit Reading Improvement Plans to their local school boards or governing authorities in the 2020-2021 school year. However, the Department encourages districts and schools to continue implementing their existing plans and to seek support from their regional state support teams.
 

Last Modified: 7/9/2020 8:44:08 AM