UTICA — On Monday, the North Fork school board heard from parents of third-graders wanting to know whether their children will be promoted to fourth-grade.
Ohio law requires third-graders pass a reading test to move on to fourth grade, but, said Superintendent Scott Hartley, the district does not know if a dozen or so pupils passed the test which was administered this spring. FedEx picked up the completed tests to ship to the scoring company, Hartley said, but cannot seem to locate one box of North Fork materials. Tracking numbers indicate the box reached the distribution center in the Columbus area, but its whereabouts was still unknown as of Monday afternoon.
Hartley told the parents there are mechanisms in place to deal with the situation: Affected students will retake just the reading portion of a standardized test on Wednesday; the district will offer a reading intervention program and another test administration this summer; and students, depending on their overall achievement, may be able to move on to fourth-grade for all classes except reading (until the later test results are available).