School’s not out for the summer

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Summer school classes will see an influx of students this year because of Ohio’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

About 450 Dayton Public Schools third graders haven’t passed the state’s third grade reading test yet. This is the first year students have to pass the test to be promoted to fourth grade.

All of those students are being asked to go to summer school.

“That’s a larger number than we’ve ever seen,” says Tina Kretzer.

That’s led Dayton Public staff to prepare for the increase in summer school students, which impacts everything from books to busing to breakfast and lunch.

“We’ve got extra logistical pieces that are much larger than we’re used to dealing with,” Kretzer says.

Making matters more challenging is that some of those 450 students may only be in summer school for the first week.

After that the scores come in for the spring third grade reading test. Dayton Public officials expect a large number to pass.

“It’s then the family’s decision if they received a passing score if they want to continue on with the program,” Kretzer says.

What about those who don’t pass? We wanted to know if the summer school classes will be worth it for them to take.

“Definitely, I’ve looked at research and brought in programs that are proven to work,” Kretzer says.

Schools could have more problems in the fall. The scores for the July third grade reading test likely won’t be in until after school starts, so students may start by retaking third grade reading classes and then if they pass get promoted to fourth grade reading classes.

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