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3rd Grade Reading OAA Alternative List

The OAA Alternative 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. 

A student may only be promoted to the fourth grade based on their acceptable level of performance on the alternative standardized assessment if they did not earn a 392 or higher on the fall or spring third grade reading Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA).  

  • Iowa Assessments Form F Level 9 (grade 3)

    • The test which must be administered is READING Parts 1 & 2.
      **To receive the Ohio pricing, please contact Riverside at (800) 323-9540 for the customized Ohio order form.

UPDATED OAA Alternative FAQ (3.26.14)

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 there exists a sunset clause on this credential of 2016. The sunset clause means that in 2016 this credential will need to be replaced by what's being referred to as a continuing credential (i.e. Rigorous Reading Test, etc.) that will never expire. 

District Presentations on Third Grade Reading Guarantee Implementation to State Board of Education (February 10, 2014)

Early Literacy and Reading Readiness Competitive Grant

An opportunity for districts and community schools to pursue funding to design and implement a grades K-3 program to assist students in improving their reading development and prepare them to read at grade level by the end of third grade. 

Diagnostic Assessments

The reading diagnostic, also known as a screener, must be administered by September 30th. 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 Primary Grades MAP for Primary Grades
Pearson Clinical Assessment Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests WRMT-III Form C.pdf
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. The new ODE diagnostic assessment screeners will be available by August 1, 2013.

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 September 30 Diagnostic administration requirement as required by law, but that assessment may still be used during the year for formative purposes.

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Last Modified: 4/17/2014 1:39:46 PM