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

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

This page was originally produced July 2, 2020; 
Feb. 25, 2021 updates below in gray boxes.

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.
 


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: 3/5/2021 11:01:30 AM