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Third Grade Reading Guarantee (updated)
To the Conneaut Community,

You will be hearing a great deal about the new “Third Grade Reading Guarantee.” It is part of the requirements of House Bill 316. For more information you can go to:

 
To find the specific House Bill 316 requirements that have been changed
go to the link above and you will locate the new legislation reflected in RED
in the f ollowing document

Resources for Districts

  • Third Grade Guarantee 2012-13 Guidance Document (PDF) (updated 10/15/2012)





    The guarantee requires that school districts:
· assess the reading skills of each student in grade K-3 by September 30 of each year to identify students reading below grade level,
· provide parental notice that their child has been identified as having a reading deficiency,
· develop a “reading improvement and monitoring plan” for each student reading below grade level,
· provide intensive reading instruction immediately following the identification of a reading deficiency,
retain students who do not meet the proficient benchmark by the end of third grade and to continue to provide intensive remediation services,
· offer an option to students who do not meet the benchmark to receive services from another provider,
· develop a policy for mid-year promotion if the student does demonstrate proficiency by mid-year, and
· report the results of diagnostic assessments, the implementation and compliance with the guarantee and the Ohio Department Education will issue an annual report by district and school building showing number and percentage of students reading below grade level, the types of services provided, and an evaluation of those services.
The following is a Checklist of items that the Conneaut Area City School System must have in place to implement the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee.”
· Board has adopted policies and procedures to have teachers annually administer a reading diagnostic assessment to assess the reading skills of all students in kindergarten to third grade.
· The board policy and procedures specified that the reading diagnostic will be given by September 30 each year.
· The district has a policy on retention and promotion that details the retention criteria in 2012-2013 and the new retention criteria in 2013-2014. The policy includes:
· A procedure to elevate students who have been previously retained but now demonstrate competency in reading be promoted to the fourth grade
· Includes requirement that students who were retained once by the guarantee and still advance to the fourth grade without reaching reading competency continue to receive intensive, research-based reading intervention in grade four
· The reading diagnostic assessment for students in kindergarten through grade three has been selected:
· ODE reading diagnostic assessments
· Third-party reading diagnostic assessment
· 2012-2013: Notified ODE via survey of which assessment (sent mid- August)
· 2013-2014 and beyond: On ODE’s approved list
· Procedures for immediately notifying the parents of students who score “not-on-track” on the reading diagnostic assessment. Notification includes:
· Statement that their child has an identified reading deficiency
· Description of current services
· Description of proposed supplemental instructional services
· Statement that their child may be retained if they do not reach the required scores on the ELA assessment at the end of the third grade
· Procedures are in place to begin offering intensive reading remediation targeted at the student’s specific reading deficiencies immediately after identifying a student who needs a reading improvement and monitoring plan
· Parents of students with a reading improvement and monitoring plan have been notified that they may use the outside intervention services instead of the school’s services
· Policy in place to have a reading improvement and monitoring plan completed by the student’s teacher and parents within 60 days of identifying a student as “not-on-track”
· Reading improvement and monitoring plans include all required items:
· Identification of specific reading deficiency
· Description of additional instructional services
· Opportunities for the parent to be involved in the instruction services
· A process to monitor reading progress
· Specialize, research-based reading curriculum
· Statement that their child may be retained if they do not reach the required scores on the ELA assessment at the end of the third grade
· Approved outside service providers have been identified and placed on list for parents
· All students on a reading improvement and monitoring plan have teachers with reading endorsements on the teaching licenses or passed a rigorous test of reading principles designated by the State Board of Education
· Students retained by the third grade reading guarantee all receive at least 90 minutes of reading daily.
· All students retained by the third grade reading guarantee have a “high performing teacher” as determined by their student performance data and performance reviews
· Procedures are in place to give fourth grade instruction in subject areas other than reading for student retained by the third grade reading guarantee, but still demonstrate proficiency in other subject areas.
· Procedures to track and report the following data to ODE during the EMIS yearend collection on the implementation of the third grade reading guarantee are in place:
· Which students are “on-track” and “not-on-track”
· What types of intervention services are given to each student


Sincerely,
Mr. D. Kent Houston

Superintendent, Conneaut Area City Schools
 




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