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Hundreds Of Columbus Third Graders Getting Another Shot To Avoid Repeating Grade

Columbus City Schools are alerting parents about re-testing chances this summer.

Columbus City Schools said 87 percent of its third graders made the third grade reading guarantee and will move on to the fourth grade.

However, 13 percent (599 students) are at risk of repeating the third grade according to preliminary results from the Spring The Ohio Achievement Assessments for grades 3rd through 8th.

Now the district is already taking action to make sure those students are not left behind.

The district said students have one more chance to take the Ohio Achievement Assessments in Reading in July.

Social workers went door to door, throughout the city Monday, to make sure the parents of students at risk for repeating the third grade, were made aware of this last opportunity.

Cheryl Ward, Supervisor of the District’s Student and Family Engagement, said reaching these parents is a priority.

"We're committed to this because we want all of our students to move to the fourth grade," Ward said. “Every student who did not meet the cut scores for the OAA test has the opportunity to go to summer school they have the opportunity to get the skills and the strategies that they need in order to take the test."

This is just the latest effort by the district, since the 2013-14 academic year, when state law required districts to hold back third graders who didn't meet a certain threshold on the state reading test.

Last year, preliminary results showed that 74 percent of students would advance.

Any district student may take the Reading OAA on July 7 and take the MAP test on July 13, 14 and 15 at any of the elementary schools listed below. Call the summer school office at (614) 365-5010 for information or to register. You can also look up additional information at Columbus City School's website.

For more information about the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, Check the state's Resource For Parents.


School Testing Sites

  • Avalon Elementary
  • Clinton Elementary
  • Gables Elementary
  • Oakmont Elementary
  • Parsons Elementary
  • Weinland Park Elementary
  • West Mound Elementary