3rd grade reading guarantee

Published June 13, 2016

The 3rd grade reading guarantee can be scary to many parents who have a child entering the 3rd grade this coming fall.  So what is the 3rd grade guarantee?  According to the Ohio Department of Education, http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Third-Grade-Reading-Guarantee, the 3rd grade reading guarantee simply states that a student leaving the 3rd grade is reading at a 3rd grade level.  Why must they have such a scary test?  This test is important in the fact that up to 3rd grade, we LEARN to READ, but after 3rd grade, we READ to LEARN!  The Stretch & Catch Reading Center https://www.facebook.com/stretchandcatchreadingcenter/ is helping students pass the 3rd grade guarantee by using the Stretch & Catch Method as a tactile approach to identifying patterns within the words.

Statistics show that students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers.  This makes it very important for parents to make sure their child is reading at grade level.