Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"The Third Grade Reading Guarantee" Submitted by Kitty Davis, Principal at Greenville Elementary School

The Third Grade Reading Guarantee (TGRG) was developed in 2013 and is used as a method to identify students in grades kindergarten through third grade that are behind in reading. Third grade students will initially take the Ohio’s Grade 3 English Language Arts test later this month. This test is designed to measure whether or not students meet the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee for promotion to fourth grade. Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee mandates third grade students meet a minimum passing score of 44 on the assessment. This cut-score has been pre-determined by the Ohio Department of Education.

There will also be a second administration of the Ohio Grade 3 English Language Arts assessment in April 2018. In order to prepare for the up-coming, state-wide, on-line assessment, the third grade students have been receiving thirty minutes of technology instruction a week in

addition to their language arts instruction. Classrooms are also dedicating 20 minutes of weekly intervention to keyboarding skills.

The third grade population has already had one opportunity to meet the Third Grade Reading Guarantee by taking the reading portion of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in September. The questions on the MAP are designed to mimic the types of questions with which students will be presented on the Ohio Grade 3 ELA administration. Throughout the year, students will have two more opportunities to meet the requirement of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee (December 2017 and May 2018). A minimum score of 196, again as determined by the Ohio Department of Education, is needed on the reading portion of the MAP assessment in order to be promoted to fourth grade.

The September MAP results have been communicated to parents. A reading improvement and monitoring plan (RIMP) is currently being developed for any third grade student who was “not on track” at the beginning of the year as indicated by the MAP measurement. This plan describes to parents what interventions are being utilized to ensure their child’s reading success. Parents are encouraged to contact their third grade child’s language arts instructor with any questions regarding the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements, RIMPs, or ways to assist their child with reading.

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