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      Third Grade Guarantee could keep third-graders from advancing

      An estimated 10,000 Ohio third-graders could be held back from advancing to the fourth grade if they fall short of the minimum reading scores set by the state.

      An estimated 10,000 Ohio third-graders could be held back from advancing to the fourth grade if they fall short of the minimum reading scores set by the state.

      The ?? Third Grade Guarantee ?? or Senate Bill 316 legislation signed into law by Ohio Governor John Kasich(R) on June 25, 2012 will require a score of 392 out of 500 to move to the fourth grade.

      Starting this school year, 2012-13, Charter and Public schools will be required assess reading levels on September 30th of each year. The assessment tests will be administered to grades Kindergarten through Third Grade. Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, students will be required to pass the reading test in order to advance.

      Toledo Public Schools (TPS), the area??s largest school district, has plans to make sure students are ready for the tests.

      ??As a district we are working proactive to ensure that our students are ready,?? Jim Gault, TPS Chief Academic Officer said. ??We put programs in place to enable them (students) to make sure they are at grade level??

      Gault also commented that parents and students will be concerned. He said that parents should take a proactive approach towards assisting there child in learning.

      ??Make sure you are reading to your child every night. Make sure that you are engaged with your school. The more evolved, the better your child will do.?? Guilt Said.

      For more information contact your local school district or visit the Ohio Board of Education website.