The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 8, 2013

National report finds Ohio reading scores stagnant

Associated Press

COLUMBUS — State education leaders point to     Ohio’s performance in a national report as evidence that a tough new reading requirement for third-graders is justified.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress shows Ohio fourth-graders’ average reading scores were unchanged from 2011 to 2013. Eighth-graders improved by one point.

State Superintendent Richard Ross says that shows the importance of Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. It requires holding back third-graders who don’t meet certain reading goals.

The “Nation’s Report Card” assessment is given every two years to a sample of fourth- and eighth-graders. Compared with 2011, this year’s report showed average incremental gains in math and reading for both grades of one or two points on a 500-point scale.

In Ohio, math scores improved by two points among fourth-graders and one point among eighth-graders.