2020-2021 English Language Arts Test
2020-2021 Promotion Score Update
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.
In addition, the Ohio Department of Education has set the reading subscore alternative promotion score for Ohio's State Test for grade 3 English language arts at 46 for the 2020-2021 school year. Any student who scores 46 or higher on the reading subscore will be eligible for promotion at the end of the year, even if the student scores below 683 on Ohio's State Test for English language arts.
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
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.
Last Modified: 12/16/2020 1:27:44 PM