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The Third Grade Reading Guarantee
Third grade students will initially take the Ohio’s Grade 3 English Language Arts test on October 23, 2018.  This test is designed to measure whether or not students meet the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee for promotion to fourth grade.  For the 2018-2019 school year, Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee mandates third grade students meet a minimum passing score of 45 on the assessment.  This cut-score has been pre-determined by the Ohio Department of Education.  There will also be a second administration of the Ohio Grade 3 English Language Arts assessment in March 2019.  In order to prepare for the up-coming, state-wide, on-line assessment, the third grade students have been receiving forty minutes of technology/keyboarding instruction a week in addition to their language arts instruction.  This is an increase of ten minutes from previous years.  Additionally, within the classrooms, students are utilizing their iPads for reading of skill level appropriate books, vocabulary remediation, and spelling practice.  This also helps students with practicing technology and keyboarding skills. .   

    The third grade population has already had one opportunity to meet the Third Grade Reading Guarantee by taking the reading portion of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in September.  The questions on the MAP are designed to mimic the types of questions with which students will be presented on the Ohio Grade 3 ELA administration.  Throughout the year, students will have additional opportunities to meet the requirement of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.  A minimum score of 193, again as determined by the Ohio Department of Education, is needed on the reading portion of the MAP assessment in order to be promoted to fourth grade.      

    The September MAP results have recently been communicated to parents.  A reading improvement and monitoring plan (RIMP) has been developed for any third grade student who was “not on track” at the beginning of the year as indicated by the MAP measurement.  This plan describes to parents what interventions are being utilized to ensure their child’s reading success.  Parents are encouraged to contact their third grade child’s language arts instructor with any questions regarding the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements, RIMPs, or ways to assist their child with reading.   
Written by:  Kitty Davis, Greenville Elementary Principal 

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