By Dustin Ensinger
Nearly all of the Buckeye Valley Local School District’s third-grade students met the minimum score needed on the state’s reading test to move on to fourth grade.
According to the Ohio Department of Education, 137 of the 147 third-graders to take the test – or 93.2 percent – received a passing grade.
“I was pleased overall with the results for our district,” said Superintendent Andy Miller. “We had a pretty substantial increase over our scores last year.”
Miller attributed the success to more collaboration among teachers, better analysis of data and the work of the district’s reading intervention specialists.
“They do a really nice job and our classroom teachers do a nice job with the whole group,” he said.
The third-grade reading guarantee, implemented through an act of the Ohio Legislature in 2012, prevents students who do not meet the minimum score on the test from advancing to the fourth grade.
However, of the 10 students who did not meet the minimum requirement, eight were exempted due to special circumstances.
The two third-graders that did not pass the test still have an opportunity to meet the standard prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year.
“Will have an opportunity for remediation,” Miller said. “We’re hopeful by the end of the summer we may not have anybody impacted by that.”
Tom Kaelber, who serves as president of the school board and was a longtime elementary teacher in the district, said he fully supports the third-grade reading guarantee.
“Kids need to become good readers at an early age, otherwise they struggle for the rest of their career,” he said. “Reading is so important in every subject, even math.”
Across the state, 88.5 percent of third-grade students met the minimum standard.
In Delaware County, Olentangy students performed the best, with 98.1 percent of the students receiving a passing grade. Big Walnut students passed the test a 94.1 percent clip, and 92.7 percent of Delaware City Schools students met the minimum requirements.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.