Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Ohio report cards show improvements in English and math; 26% of students chronically absent

BY: - September 21, 2023

Ohio students’ proficiency in English Language Arts and math went up, but are lower than pre-pandemic levels, according to the new state report cards that the Ohio Department of Education released last week.  For ELA, 60.9% students scored proficient for the 2022-23 school year — up from 59.5% in 2021-22. But 64.6% of students were […]

Ohio budget changes policy holding back struggling third grader readers

BY: - July 24, 2023

Mandatory retention will no longer be required under Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.  A parent will now be able to request a student be promoted to fourth grade — even if they are not reading at grade level, according to the state budget that Gov. Mike DeWine recently signed.   Now a student’s parents must consult […]

Ohio House eliminates policy holding back struggling 3rd-grade readers

BY: - June 26, 2023

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a nearly unanimous vote, Ohio House lawmakers came together to eliminate a policy that would hold back third graders who struggle to read. The Third Grade Reading Guarantee is the major program public schools use to make sure students are keeping up with reading, and those who don’t can be held […]

The Ohio Department of Education in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Graham Stokes for Ohio Capital Journal. Republish photo only with original story.)

Ohio lawmaker polls: Governor should decide education leader, state laws should regulate bathrooms

BY: - June 14, 2023

Recent polling of the Ohio General Assembly showed majority lawmaker support for executive-branch level selection of the new Ohio Department of Education leader, and legislative regulation of school bathroom policies. The polling, conducted regularly by Gongwer News Service and Werth PR, showed expected partisan splits on issues regarding education, children, and parents. Democrats polled by […]

New bill would eliminate retention under Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee

BY: - March 22, 2023

A new bill would eliminate retention under Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee and is almost identical to a previous bill that died in the last General Assembly.  House Bill 117 was introduced last week by state Rep. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, and state Rep. Phil Robinson, D-Solon.  “I have nothing against retention,” Manning said. “But […]

Ohio Statehouse education committee heads could predict priorities for state

BY: - February 7, 2023

As cosponsors of specific legislation related to education, the newly appointed members of Ohio’s General Assembly committees on education could spell out the future of education policy in the state. Newly appointed members of education committees in the Ohio Statehouse have pushed bills to overhaul the state board of education, more private school subsidies with […]

Third-grade retention, one yearly test removed under proposed Ohio education bill

BY: - December 2, 2022

A new bill supported by education groups across the state would mark the end of the third-grade reading retention requirements, but wouldn’t eliminate all the proficiency tests students during the year. House Bill 497 would eliminate the Third Grade Reading Guarantee that would have held back students who didn’t show proper proficiency in reading. But […]

‘Nation’s report card’ shows downturns in math, reading data, including in Ohio

BY: - October 25, 2022

Math and reading proficiency scores in Ohio, along with the nation, are trending downward, according to data collected as part of a national assessment of student data. Assessments done as part of the so-called “nation’s report card” were administered between January and March of this year, covering more than 224,000 fourth-graders and more than 222,000 […]

Ohio may end state-mandated reading assessment that holds failing third-graders back

BY: - October 24, 2022

The following article was originally published on and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland. The Third Grade Reading Guarantee remains one of the most hotly-debated policies in Ohio’s education […]

Educators, government officials press for eliminating Ohio’s ‘Third Grade Reading Guarantee’

BY: - October 14, 2022

The Ohio Education Association is urging the Ohio Senate to take up House Bill 497 this fall. If passed, the bill will eliminate the mandatory retention of third graders who do not score proficiently on Ohio standardized literacy tests. Experts cited data and disparities as why the bill should be passed.