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Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Third Grade Reading Guarantee


Implications of Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee

The General Assembly and Governor Kasich pushed through a set of laws requiring the retention of students who fail to demonstrate an established level of mastery in reading by the third grade. This requirement is accompanied by several other mandates affecting teacher assignments and the nature of reading instruction.


This document is designed to present each section of the Third Grade Guarantee as it pertains to retention of students. Guiding questions are presented to help initiate discussions as to the possible classroom effects for students, teachers and families.


Third Grade Reading Guarantee Teacher Qualifications Timeline

This graphics presents teacher qualification options, as set forth in Ohio law and ODE guidance and based upon the implementation years of the Third Grade Guarantee. Updated in June 2013 to reflect Senate Bill 21 as signed by Governor Kasich.

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