• 3GRG - Third Grade Reading Guarantee

    Recent legislation strengthened the Third Grade Reading Guarantee to give a greater emphasis to reading instruction and intervention in the early grades.  Through this initiative, school districts will diagnose reading deficiencies by administering a diagnostic assessment (MAP) to all students at grades kindergarten through grade three; and create individualized reading improvement and monitoring plans (RIMP), while also providing intensive reading interventions.

    The Ohio Department of Education approved diagnostic assessment, MAP, will identify students as "on-track" or "not on-track"

    • On-Track Students who have scored 212 or above on the MAP will not need a RIMP unless they are shown to not be proficient on the Fall State Reading Test.
    • On-Track Students who have a MAP score of 182-211 will still need to be monitored on a RIMP
    • Not On-Track any student who is not reading at grade level based on previous end-of-year standards’ expectations by September 30th and scores 181 or below on MAP


    What happens if my child is identified as "Not On-Track"?

    • Within 60 days the district must create a reading improvement and monitoring plan (RIMP) for the student, including:

      1).  Identification of the student’s specific reading deficiency

      2).  A description of proposed supplemental instruction services that will target the student’s identified reading deficiencies

      3).  Opportunities for the student’s parents or guardians to be involved in the instructional services

      4).  A process to monitor the implementation of the student’s instructional services

      5).  A reading curriculum during regular schools hours that assists students to read at grade level, provides for reliable assessments, and provides ongoing analysis of each student’s reading progress

    • Districts must provide a qualified teacher to each student who enters third grade that is on a reading improvement and monitoring plan or who has been retained.


    When do the assessments take place?

    • Fall Ohio’s State Test for Reading: Oct. 21 - Nov. 1, 2019
    • Spring Ohio’s State Test for Reading: March 23- April 24, 2020
    • Summer Ohio’s State Test for Reading: July 6-10, 2020


    What type of test is given?

    • the test is taken online 
    • the test takes 180 minutes to administer, broken down into two 90 minute sections
      • Part 1: reading with one extended writing response
      • Part 2: reading with multiple choice and technology questions


    What score is required to advance to 4th grade?

    • Students will need a sub score of 50 to be proficient (passing) on the assessment.  (Includes only Reading portion)
    • A scaled score of 700 is also proficient on the assessment.  (Includes Reading and Writing)


    Can my child advance to 4th grade without being "proficient"?

    • Students will need a sub score of at least 46 to be promoted to the 4th grade.  (Includes only Reading portion)
    • A scaled score of at least 683 will also allow a student to be promoted to the 4th grade.  (Includes Reading and Writing)
    • Students that meet the promotion scores on the Fall assessment but do not meet the proficient scores will be placed on a RIMP because they are still performing below grade level.


    MAP- Alternative Assessment: a summative reading assessment aligned to end of year third grade standards.  A student must achieve 196 to move on to the fourth grade. This will be comparable or more rigorous than a proficient score on Ohio’s grade 3 English language arts test. 


    Summer Promotion:  If a student scores below 700 on the fall and Ohio’s grade 3 English language arts test and did not demonstrate proficiency on the MAP, the student should continue to receive intensive reading remediation services appropriate for the students reading deficiency through the summer. If the student can demonstrate reading remediation services on the state assessment at the end of the summer, the student will be promoted to the fourth grade before school starts in the fall.


    Student Reenters the Third Grade:  If the student does not demonstrate proficiency in reading during the summer, then the student will be considered a retained student.  The student will enter the third grade for the second time. Any promotion after the start of the school year, even as early as September, would be a midyear promotion.


    Midyear Promotion:  Any student retained by the Third Grade Reading Guarantee is eligible to be promoted during that school year in accordance with the district’s established midyear promotion policy.  Districts that believe a student may be eligible to be promoted midyear are encouraged to offer that student appropriate fourth grade instruction in all other subject areas. This will help ensure that the student is academically prepared in the other subject areas when promoted midyear.  Although a student may receive appropriate fourth grade instruction in the other subject areas, the student will still be considered a third grade student unless promoted midyear or formally accelerated. (moved on due to passing MAP)


    If a student received fourth grade appropriate instruction during their retained third grade year, but did not meet the requirements for midyear promotion, the student will enter fourth grade the following year, and potentially have a stronger foundation in the other subject areas.  Once a student is promoted midyear, they are considered a fourth grade student in all subjects and will take the fourth grade state assessments.


    My child just transfered from another school, do they need to test again?

    • CCS scores will transfer with the student to other CCS schools.
    • If the student already has a RIMP in place, the new school must honor it if the parents want it to continue.
    • If the student transfers in with no evidence of completing the reading diagnostic from the previous school, the new school must give the reading diagnostic administered to other students (NWEA/MAP) within 30 days.


    Where can I find additional information and resources to support my child?