Some schools unprepared for third-grade reading guarantee


With only days until many open their doors, at least 342 public school districts and charter schools have notified the Ohio Department of Education that they are not prepared for Ohio’s new third-grade reading guarantee, which takes effect this year.

The new rule, which requires students to be proficient in reading before advancing to fourth grade, also requires that schools be staffed with teachers who have special reading certifications to work with children falling behind.

The list of schools saying they are not prepared includes 264 traditional school districts out of 614, and 78 charter schools out of more than 409. Many charter schools, however, would be exempt because they enroll only high school students.

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