Student reading levels are assessed three times annually in grades K-6 to provide teachers with information about student strengths and weaknesses in reading. Teachers then design and provide individualized, targeted, high quality instruction to students based on their reading level.
The State of Ohio's 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee
, a legislative initiative, went into effect beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. All students in the third grade must demonstrate a certain level of competency in reading before advancing to the fourth grade. The legislation requires that an English language arts (ELA) diagnostic assessment be given by September 30 of each year for students in kindergarten through Grade 3, starting in the 2012-13 school year (ORC 3313.608(B)(1)).