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Modified Third Grade Reading Guarantee promotion criteria announced

1/10/2022

Emergency legislation changed the Third Grade Reading Guarantee promotion criteria for the 2021-2022 school year. The following changes took effect immediately after Governor Mike DeWine signed the legislation on Dec. 14, 2021.

No school district, community school, STEM school or chartered nonpublic school subject to ORC 3301.163 can retain a student in the third grade based solely on a student's academic performance in reading in the 2021-2022 school year unless the principal and reading teacher, in consultation with the student’s parent or guardian, agree the student is reading below grade level and is not prepared for grade 4.

For the 2021-2022 school year, if a third-grade student's academic performance in reading in the 2021-2022 school year is below grade level but the student's building principal and reading teacher, in consultation with the student's parent or guardian, agree the student is prepared to be promoted to the fourth grade, the student may be promoted.

However, if the principal of the school building in which a student is enrolled and the student's reading teacher, in consultation with the student's parent or guardian, agree the student is reading below grade level and not prepared to be promoted to the fourth grade, a student in the third grade may be retained.

For the 2021-2022 school year, each school district, community school, STEM school and chartered nonpublic school subject to ORC 3301.163 must notify the parent or guardian of each student who achieves a scaled score below 683 on Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English language arts and describe the district's or school's remediation plan to improve the student's academic performance in reading.

Direct questions about this change to ThirdGradeGuarantee@education.ohio.gov.