Senator Peggy Lehner (R–Kettering) today announced nearly 96 percent of third grade students from the 2013-2014 school year passed the new state standards implemented by Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.  These results reflect the scores earned by third graders following the summer administration of the O.A.A. exam.
“Today’s outcome is a testament to the teachers in our schools across Ohio who know the impact early reading has on our children’s future learning and have made it their mission to see their students succeed,” said Lehner.
Senator Lehner serves as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, the panel that approved the guarantee and has been a leading proponent of the policy.  
The 95.8 percent passage rate is a significant improvement over the 2012-2013 academic year when 88.2 percent of students earned a passing grade.
“There is no mistaking that the Third Grade Reading Guarantee is a high benchmark and getting to this point was no small feat,” added Lehner. “But our educators and parents have risen to the challenge and by doing so, we’ve put our children’s education on firm footing.”
The Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee was implemented by House Bill 555 of the 129th General Assembly in December of 2012. It requires that students be assessed at the beginning of each academic year from kindergarten through third grade to ensure they are on track to meet the reading benchmark by the end of third grade. Parents are immediately notified if their child is having difficulty reading at which time an improvement plan is implemented in order to help them get on track.
The 2013-2014 academic year was the first since the Third Grade Reading Guarantee went into full effect having been tested the year prior.

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