Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM
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Spring testing season is just around the corner.
Elementary school teachers around the state are busy preparing their third graders to ace the reading section of the Ohio Achievement Assessment.
Thousands of Ohio's third graders are in good shape. More than half--almost 57 percent--of those who took the test in October scored well above the cutoff for retention under Ohio's new Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
But 26 percent statewide could be held back. And the percentage is even higher for some of Ohio's big urban districts.
Most third graders need to earn a score of at least 392 in order to be promoted to the 4th grade. That's considered the midpoint of the basic level, in a scoring system that ranges from limited to advanced. Special education students, those with limited English skills, and a few others can receive a retention exemption from that rule.
Here are some of their key findings:
The chart below shows the scores for the big eight urban districts from October 2013:
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