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Third-grade reading test results slated for Dec. 13 release

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The Ohio Department of Education on Dec. 13 is expected to release the number of students in each district who have failed the third-grade reading test.

Ohio's Third-Grade Reading Guarantee was developed to "identify students behind in reading from kindergarten through third grade," according to the ODE website. "Schools will provide help and support to make sure students are on track for reading success by the end of third grade."

Students take the reading exam twice a year, in the fall and spring.

The New Albany-Plain Local School District has not released data from tests taken this fall.

District spokesman Patrick Gallaway said Dec. 9 the district is finalizing data related to public-records requests for the documents.

Gallaway said in past years, the district has a "really strong track record of getting to where we need to be by the spring test."

Eight of the 390 students -- about 2 percent -- who took the test last spring failed the test, according to a public-records request by WBNS-10TV.

Intervention is required for all students in kindergarten to third grade who are not reading at the state-mandated level, but only third-graders can be held back a year based on the state achievement scores, according to the ODE.

Gallaway said the students who did not pass received assistance designed to help them advance, but he could not say if they moved into fourth grade because the district will not talk about groups with fewer than 10 students.

Gallaway said the district asks teachers to identify students who might need help in reading and literacy coaches provide the help needed.

He said the district uses other testing to track students' progress in reading and other subjects.

Ohio school districts had to provide the state with information on intervention programs and ways students will be identified by the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.

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