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2020-2021 English Language Arts Test

2020-2021 Promotion  Update

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.
 

2020-2021 Test Windows for Ohio's Grade 3 English Language Arts Test

FALL TEST WINDOW 2020

  • Grade 3 English language arts – Five consecutive school days, including makeups, within the Oct. 19, 2020 - Nov. 6, 2020 window.
  • SPRING TEST WINDOW 2021
  • School districts select 15 consecutive school days, including makeups, within each test window.
  • English language arts - March 22, 2021 - April 23, 2021

SUMMER TEST WINDOWS 2021 (OPTIONAL)

  • Grade 3 English language arts – July 5 - 9, 2021

Guidance Manual

The Ohio Department of Education created this guidance manual to help school districts, community schools, and chartered nonpublic schools understand the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Please note that there may be periodic updates to this guidance document as new issues arise – districts and schools should check the website frequently.


Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan Sample Template

The Ohio Department of Education developed a Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan sample template in the fall of 2013. This template has been updated to reflect the feedback received from districts and schools since its release. Districts may opt to use the template and are encouraged to modify the template to meet the needs of their students and communities. Districts are not required to utilize the Department-developed template.


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