Recently, the Ohio Department of Education released results for the Fall 3rd Grade Reading OAA.

In Hamilton, 64% of the 3rd grade students earned a score that meets the requirements of Ohio’s Third Grade Reading guarantee and allows for promotion to 4th grade next year.

For students who scored above the minimum qualifying score, the District is certainly proud.

For those who did not earn the minimum qualifying score on the October test, the District’s commitment of support is only just beginning.

First, it is important to know that third grade students who did not earn the minimum qualifying score will have several more chances to do so this school year, including:

  • On an alternative assessment that will be available in February 2014
  • On the May 2014 3rd Grade Reading OAA
  • On the July 2014 3rd Grade Reading OAA

Second, it is critical to know that the District has a plan for students who still need to earn a qualifying score in order to be considered for promotion to 4th grade next year, including:

  • Ensuring an individualized Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan is created and followed
  • Providing weekly reading intervention that occurs as part of the regular school day
  • Supplying additional small group reading support

In addition to the three items above, all 3rd grade students are engaged with the District Weekly Review Sheets, as well as the District Vocabulary Initiative.

The Hamilton City School District takes seriously the call that our State Legislature and State Superintendent have set for all students to be reading on grade level by the end of their third grade year.  We know how critical reading is to life success, and we have a plan in place to support our 3rd grade students who still need a qualifying score in order to be considered for promotion to 4th grade.

If you have specific questions about the performance of you child, or if you need additional ideas on how to support your child’s reading development, please contact your child’s reading teacher or building principal.