MOUNT VERNON — The Ohio legislature continues to demand high-stakes testing, and the Third Grade Reading Guarantee is no exception. Passed in 2012, the “guarantee” bill mandates that third-grade pupils who are not reading at grade level at the end of third grade must remain in third grade for another year and receive additional reading instruction.

Promotion depends upon how well the students score on the reading portion of the third-grade Ohio Achievement Assessment, with passing scores of 392 or above being set by the legislators. Alternative tests such as the Terra Nova may be used under certain conditions.

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