The Third Grade Reading Guarantee
Q & A
The Third Grade Reading Guarantee requires school districts and community schools to diagnose reading deficiencies in students at grades kindergarten through three, create individualized Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans (RIMPs) and provide intensive reading interventions. The goal is to have all students reading on grade level. This Q & A has been created in an effort to help families understand this law and the impact it can have on their child.
Q: Which students need to be assessed?
A: An English Language Arts (ELA) diagnostic assessment must be given by September 30 of each year for students in grades 1-3 and November 1st for kindergarten.
Q: What assessments will be used?
A: Green Local Schools will use Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) as a diagnostic assessment for grades kindergarten through three. Information gathered will be used to monitor student growth and assist with the planning of instruction. Students will take the MAP assessment in the fall, winter and spring of this school year. MAP uses the RIT score to measure a child’s progress, and it typically ranges from 100 to 300.
Q: How will I know if my child did well on the assessment?
A: The projected proficiency results found in the chart below help educators predict student performance on Ohio’s state test and identify students at risk of failing to meet proficiency expectations by the end of third grade. Students not meeting the scores below may be in need of additional assistance or resources.
Projected Proficiency on Ohio’s state test in ELA from
MAP Growth / MAP Growth K-2 Reading
**A third grade student who reaches or exceeds a RIT score of 194 is eligible for promotion at the end of the academic year.
Q: When will I know if my child is considered on track or not on track?
A: Diagnostic results will be shared with parents during Fall Conferences. If the diagnostic assessment shows that the student is not on-track, schools must provide the parents, in writing:
Q: What actually is a Reading Intervention and Monitoring Plan (RIMP)?
A: Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans allow the teachers and parents to work together
to understand the reading deficiency and to outline reading interventions focused on
addressing the student’s reading deficiency and helping the student read on grade level.
Q: What makes up a Reading Intervention and Monitoring Plan?
A: The reading intervention and monitoring plan shall include:
Identification of the student’s specific reading deficiency;
A description of proposed supplemental instruction services that will target the student’s identified reading deficiencies;
Opportunities for the student’s parents or guardians to be involved in the instructional services which will take place during fall teacher/parent conferences;
A process to monitor the implementation of the student’s instructional services;
A reading curriculum during regular school hours that assists students to read at grade level, provides for reliable assessments, and provides ongoing analysis of each student’s reading progress; and
A statement that unless the student attains the appropriate level of reading competency by the end of Grade 3, the student will be retained.
Q: How can third grade students meet the Third Grade Reading Guarantee?
A: Students will take the English Language Arts Assessment in November and April. For the 2019-2020 school year, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee promotion score on Ohio’s English Language Arts Assessment is 683. Any student who scores 683 or higher on the English Language Arts scaled score will be eligible for promotion at the end of the year. In addition, the Ohio Department of Education has set the reading subscore alternative promotion score for the grade 3 English language arts test at 46 for the 2019-2020 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 the English language arts test.
Q: What happens at the end of the school year if my third grader does not achieve a passing score on Ohio’s state test in grade 3 English language arts?
A: All students scoring below the designated level on Ohio’s state test in grade 3 English language arts must be retained, except for the following students (ORC 3313.608(A)(2)):
Limited English proficient students who have been enrolled in U.S. schools for less than three full school years and have had less than three years of instruction in an English as a Second Language program;
Special education students whose IEPs specifically exempt them from retention under the third grade guarantee;
Students who demonstrate reading competency on an alternative reading assessment approved by ODE; and
Any student who has received intensive remediation for two years and was previously retained in kindergarten through Grade 3.
Students who demonstrate reading competency on a Reading Alternative approved by the Ohio Department of Education. Green Local Schools will use MAP as the Reading Alternative assessment. Students may demonstrate reading competency by scoring a RIT score of 194 on the MAP assessment.
A student who advances because of an exception must continue to receive intensive reading instruction in the fourth grade which requires an altered instructional day to accommodate reading interventions, or specific reading interventions required by the student’s IEP or 504 plan.
Students who are retained must have a high-performing teacher as determined by the teacher’s student performance data or performance reviews.
Q: What if my student is retained, but later demonstrates proficiency in reading?
A: Students may move on to the fourth grade curriculum any time they demonstrate proficiency in reading, including the summer before the fourth grade and the middle of the year
Q: What if my child is not proficient in reading, but is proficient in their other subject areas?
A: If students demonstrate proficiency in a subject area, they must still receive fourth-grade instruction in that subject area.
Q: What if I have additional questions regarding the Third Grade Reading Guarantee?
A: Parents are encouraged to go to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) website http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Learning-in-Ohio/Literacy/Third-Grade-Reading-Guarantee for more information regarding the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
Updated September 2019