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Third Grade Guarantee

Third Grade Guarantee


Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Under newly enacted legislation for the 2020-2021 school year (Section 18 of House Bill 164 of the 133rd General Assembly), no district, community school, STEM school or chartered nonpublic school shall retain a student in the third grade who does not meet the promotion score of 683 on the Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English language arts if the student's principal and reading teacher agree that other evaluations of the student's skills in reading demonstrate the student is academically prepared to be promoted to the fourth grade. This provision applies to students who are in third grade for the 2020-2021 school year and would be enrolling in the fourth grade for the 2021-2022 school year, unless retained.

The ability to read is the foundation of learning. Research shows that children who are not reading at a third grade level by the end of grade three will likely have trouble learning in all classroom subjects in higher grades. 

In June of 2012, the Ohio Department of Education enacted new legislation referred to as the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee is a program to identify students that are behind in reading from kindergarten through third grade. Schools will provide help and support to make sure students are on track for reading success by the end of third grade. 

What Is The Guarantee?

Ohio's Third Grade Guarantee ensures that every struggling reader gets the support he or she needs to be able to learn and achieve. Click here for Third Grade Reading Guarantee information from ODE:


How Does It Work?

In kindergarten through grade three, schools will evaluate all children to determine if they are reading as well as they should be. Kindergarten students are assessed using the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, while students in Grades 1-3 are assessed using MAP (Measures of Academic Progress). If a child appears to be falling behind in reading, the school will immediately start a reading improvement plan for that student.

Reading Improvement Plan - This plan will address each student's unique reading difficulties. Schools will monitor the plan to make sure the student's reading is improving.

In addition, schools will work closely with parents to develop opportunities for parents to be able to support the plan.

Except for students with special circumstances, students must meet a minimum score on the state reading test to move on to the fourth grade. In 2018-2019, any student who scores 700 or higher on the English Language Arts scaled score is performing proficiently. Any student who scores 683 or higher on the English language arts scaled score is eligible for promotion at the end of the year.  Any student who scores 46 or higher on the reading subscore will also be eligible for promotion at the end of the year. Lastly, any student who scores 194 or higher on the MAP Growth in grade 3 is also eligible for promotion to the fourth grade.

Resources to Help Your Child

Resources to provide parents with the tools and information to help their children learn to read and develop other skills to succeed.

Resources from INFOhio