The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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June 19, 2014

Dozens of Ashtabula County third grade pupils at reading risk

Dozens of third grade students in Ashtabula County public schools are at risk of not advancing to the fourth grade because they have not yet met a state reading proficiency standard created a few years ago.

The Ohio Department of Education this week released preliminary figures regarding the reading guarantee. Some 136 third-graders have not yet met the score needed to be promoted to the fourth grade, according to the data. The numbers are estimates derived from Ohio Achievement Assessment tests given in the fall.

Students have other opportunities to meet the OAA standard via tests that will be given this summer, according to the ODE.

Within the county, the districts with the highest percentage of third-graders who met or exceeded the state’s mandatory 392 score were Buckeye Local and Grand Valley, each at 94.3 percent. Ashtabula Area City Schools had the lowest percent at 78.4 percent. More than one third of the county’s at-risk third-grade students are enrolled in the Ashtabula district.

Across the state, more than 12 percent of Ohio’s third-graders haven’t hit the reading mark, agencies have reported.

Here are the estimated numbers for the county as released by the state:

• Ashtabula Area City Schools — 207 of 264 third-graders met the standard (78.4 percent)

• Buckeye Local Schools — 132 of 140 third-graders met the standard (94.3 percentage)

• Conneaut Area City Schools — 122 of 134 third-graders met the standard (91 percent)

• Geneva Area City Schools — 146 of 175 third-graders met the standard (83.4 percent)

• Grand Valley Local Schools — 100 of 106 third-graders met the standard (94.3 percent)

• Jefferson Area Schools — 116 of 129 third-graders met the standard (89.9 percent)

• Pymatuning Valley Local Schools — 94 of 105 third-graders met the standard (89.5 percent)

At-risk students will have another opportunity to take the OAA this summer, according to reports. Students who do not advance to fourth grade will receive 90 minutes of reading instruction starting the next school year and have the chance to advance in the middle of the 2014-2015 year. Also, those students may take other fourth grade level classes next school year.

Beginning in kindergarten, students’ reading skills have been evaluated regularly. Ohio lawmakers launched the third grade reading guarantee a few years ago, believing success in school begins with reading comprehension.


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