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Hilliard third-graders

91.3 percent pass spring reading test

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According to initial data from the Ohio Department of Education, 91.3 percent of third-graders -- 1,066 students -- in the Hilliard City Schools passed the Third-Grade Reading Assessment this spring.

The average among Ohio public schools this spring was 88.5 percent, according to the ODE.

The spring testing results mean about 99 percent of Hilliard third-graders have met at least one of the ODE's requirements to advance to the fourth grade, according to Hilliard City Schools officials.

District officials said June 17 that 1,159 of the 1,168 third-grade students in the Hilliard district passed the Third-Grade Reading Assessment in the spring or fall, an alternative assessment known as Measures of Academic Progress or are exempt from the requirement because of special needs or limited English-language skills.

Stacie Raterman, a spokeswoman for Hilliard City Schools, said 336 students were at risk of retention after the fall reading tests.

She said 228 of those students passed the spring test, leaving 108 who have not passed the test. According to the initial ODE data, which based its calculations on 1,167 Hilliard students taking the test, the number who did not pass was 101.

According to Hilliard's data, 99 of the students who did not pass the reading test will be exempt from the requirement, Raterman said.

Those include 44 who passed the alternative assessment, 39 who have individualized education plans, 10 who are English Language Learners and six who were previously retained, having repeated either kindergarten, first or second grade, Raterman said.

Raterman said the nine remaining students would have opportunities to meet the standard this summer.

The district is providing summer intervention instruction for students who have failed to achieve the requirements, as well as some who met the minimum criteria but who still demonstrate reading deficiencies, Raterman said.

Jennifer Adams, director of elementary curriculum for Hilliard schools, said in a press release June 17 she was pleased to see improved results on the spring tests.

If any of the nine students do not achieve the standard in re-testing, the students will still be able to enroll in the fourth grade but will work with an intervention specialist at a third-grade level for reading, Adams said in the release.

Adams was not available for comment June 17.

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