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The Center for Literacy at The University of Akron announces a newly forming professional education community that will help Summit County educators support the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, signed into law in 2012 as part of Ohio Senate Bill 316.  The community, known as the SUMMIT COUNCIL FOR READING READINESS (SCRR), is being made possible by a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and will be a partnership among three entities: (1) The UA Center for Literacy; (2) the Summit Education Initiative and (3) Summit County school districts. 

The purpose of the Council is to support policy change in Ohio and excellence in teaching through a cycle of professional development, action research, and dissemination for pre-K through grade 3 educators to address the needs of early reading.  

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The Center for Literacy
College of Education
The University of Akron
Central Hower Community School 305
Akron, OH  44325-4205
(330) 972-8494


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The Third Grade Reading Guarantee Law (ORC 3313.608) requires that all students are reading at grade level by the third grade. It also established new credentials that are required for any teacher providing the daily reading instruction for students affected by the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. One option for acquiring a set of approved credentials will be a passing score on a rigorous test of principles of scientifically research-based reading instruction, Praxis 5203 Teaching Reading: Elementary Education with a qualifying score of 162.

The highly-qualified staff at the Center for Literacy can help prepare K-3 teachers for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee with an 8-week blended learning workshop. Our instructors have direct experience with classroom and online instruction and professional development.