Nearly 9 in 10 Ohio 3rd-graders meet reading goal


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says nearly nine of 10 Ohio third-graders met new reading targets and can move onto the fourth grade after follow-up testing.

Students can be held back if they don’t meet the literacy goals under the state’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

The Department of Education said Tuesday more than 110,000 third-graders or 88 percent of the total have earned the necessary score in testing in October or May.

The figures are up from the 63 percent who passed in October.

Officials say students lacking the standards may have already been re-tested by districts or can re-take reading in the summer.

Children still lagging this fall could advance to fourth grade midyear once the targets are met. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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