Johnstown Independent

Third-Grade Reading Guarantee

Intervention implemented for students who failed fall test


Educators in the Johnstown-Monroe and Northridge school district are implementing intervention plans for students who failed the Ohio Achievement Assessment for third-grade reading in the fall.

The Ohio Department of Education recently released scores from the October administration of the test.

Of the 127 Johnstown students who took the test in the fall, 88 students (69 percent passed) the test, and 39 students (31 percent) didn't reach a proficient score.

At Northridge, of the 104 students who took the test, 33 students (31.7 percent) failed.

The test is considered an end-of-year assessment, so students have six months of instruction before taking the test again in April.

Sabrina Vallery, Northridge director of teaching and learning, said she anticipates all students should be able to pass the test in the spring.

This past spring, 70 third-graders took the test, and seven (10 percent) didn't pass, she said.

Vallery said those students who failed the test in the fall would receive supplemental instruction and intervention.

The students also will be placed on a reading improvement plan, and they will have ongoing and frequent assessments to monitor their growth.

An Ohio Achievement Assessment Camp also will be used, Vallery said.

Kris Almendinger, Johnstown-Monroe's director of student services, said the district's average score was 410, whereas the state's average was 405. The passing score is 392.

"Sixty-nine percent of our third-graders scored at or above proficient, an impressive number considering this is an end-of-the-year measure," she said.

Almendinger said 45 percent of the third-graders scored in the accelerated or advanced areas.

Oregon Elementary School principal Marcie Wilson said 69 percent of third-graders passed the test in October compared to 84 percent who passed last spring.

Almendinger said all third-graders would take the spring 2014 OAA for reading and math.

"Students who score below 392 in reading on the spring test will receive extensive intervention at school and during the summer," she said. "Students will have the opportunity to retake the test in the summer before entering the fourth grade."

Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee is a program to identify students who are behind in reading, from kindergarten through third grade.

School districts are required to provide help and support to make sure students are on track for reading success by the end of third grade.

According to the Ohio Department of Education, intervention is required for any student in grades K-3 who is not on track after the fall reading test. However, only third-grade students face retention based on OAA reading scores.

If a student if retained in the third grade, two new intervention components are required. Retained students must have at least 90 minutes of reading instruction daily. Retained students also must be given an opportunity to receive intervention services from outside providers.