Reading Test Results Show Some 3rd Graders Are Not Making The Grade

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UPDATED: Monday November 25, 2013 5:19 PM

Preliminary test results are in from the Ohio Achievement Assessment testing in October and some third graders are not making the reading cut.  Three central Ohio school districts shared their test results with WBNS-TV on Friday.   

Ohio’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee means starting this school year, most children who don’t hit the benchmark score of 392 won’t be moving on to the fourth grade.

Months ago, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard Ross told 10TV, "It's not about punishment…it's about appropriateness in learning… trying to make sure there's continuous progress."

School districts in Ohio are relying on the fall tests to tell them the proficiency level of their third graders.

Records provided to 10TV show 27 percent of the third graders or 411 students at South-Western City Schools scored below the 392 mark and will need to build their reading skills to pass the spring test or they will be held back in that discipline.

At Olentangy Local Schools, 172 students or 11 percent scored below the benchmark. And at Westerville City Schools, it’s almost 11 percent or 115 students.

In just these three school districts, 698 students are at risk of being held back.   

"Our students have six more months of school to learn the skills on which they will be tested again,” Ross said in a statement provided to 10TV.

10TV’s Kristyn Hartman spoke with representatives of two of the districts that provided records.  They say the scores point to the need for further intervention which might include tutoring, helping families with reading techniques and even using grant money to extend the school day for certain children.  

WBNS will report on other test results when we get those scores.

Ohio Department of Education link to Third Grade Reading Guarantee