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Snapshot of Who’s Already Passed Third Grade Reading Test in Ohio’s Big 8

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Spring testing season is just around the corner.

Elementary school teachers around the state are busy preparing their third graders to ace the reading section of the Ohio Achievement Assessment.

Thousands of Ohio’s third graders are in good shape.  More than half–almost 57 percent–of those who took the test in October scored well above the cutoff for retention under Ohio’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

But 26 percent statewide could be held back.  And the percentage is even higher for some of Ohio’s big urban districts.

Most third graders need to earn a score of at least 392 in order to be promoted to the 4th grade.  That’s considered the midpoint of the basic level, in a scoring system that ranges from limited to advanced. Special education students, those with limited English skills, and a few others can receive a retention exemption from that rule.

KidsOhio, a privately funded education policy group, crunched the numbers for Ohio’s eight largest urban districts in this report.

Here are some of their key findings:

  • Cincinnati Public Schools had the highest percentage of students–19.4 percent–scored advanced
  • Youngstown and Cleveland Schools were at the bottom of the pack with fewer than five percent of their students scoring advanced
  • Youngstown and Cleveland also had the highest number of students who scored in the limited range–more than 57 percent in both districts

The chart below shows the scores for the big eight urban districts from October 2013:

 

3rd grade rding scores OCt 2013

Michelle Kanu / Ideastream

 Data from the Ohio Department of Education

 

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