Ohio Superintendent Says School Reading Issues 'Beyond Urgent'


The state’s top education leader discussed the Third Grade Reading Guarantee on Thursday, one day before Fall Reading Assessment numbers are due to be released.

Ohio law says kids who do not hit the testing bar by the end of the year will not be able to advance to Fourth Grade Reading.

In a phone conference call, Dr. Richard Ross said detainment is not the goal of the new law but early intervention is.

He says educators want to make sure children have the ability to read which will prevent them for falling behind and dropping out later.

“They just fade away out of sight out of mind and into a future that is bleak. That must stop. We have a moral obligation to make that stop,” said Dr. Ross, Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction.