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Literacy in Ohio

Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education: Each Child Our Future aims to increase student achievement through improving language and literacy outcomes for all students. A successful language and literacy framework is one built on:

  • educator capacity
  • shared leadership
  • multi-tiered systems of support
  • family partnerships
  • community collaboration

The Ohio Department of Education’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement calls for schools to develop a literacy framework and encourages all educators to promote language and literacy development across all ages, grades, and subject areas.


Important Update from the Ohio Department of Education

NEW! Third Grade Reading Guarantee Promotion Criteria Changes for 2021-22
Emergency Legislation Changes the Third Grade Reading Guarantee Promotion Criteria for 2021-2022

Governor DeWine signed Senate Bill 229 of the 134th General Assembly on December 14, 2021.
The following emergency clause takes place immediately:

Retention Criteria for the 2021-2022 School Year

No school district, community school, STEM school and no chartered nonpublic schools subject to ORC 3301.163 can retain a student in the third grade based solely on a student’s academic performance in reading in the 2021-2022 school year unless the principal and reading teacher, in consultation with the student’s parent or guardian, agree the student is reading below grade level and is not prepared for 4th grade.

Parental Consultation in Promotion Decisions
For the 2021-2022 school year, if a third-grade student’s academic performance in reading in the 2021-2022 school year is below grade level but the student’s building principal and reading teacher, in consultation with the student’s parent or guardian, agree that the student is prepared to be promoted to the fourth grade, the student may be promoted.

However, if the principal of the school building in which a student is enrolled and the student’s reading teacher, in consultation with the student’s parent or guardian, agree that the student is reading below grade level and is not prepared to be promoted to the fourth grade, a student in the third grade may be retained.

Parental Notification of Remediation Plan
For the 2021-2022 school year, each school district, community school, STEM school and each chartered nonpublic school subject to ORC 3301.163 must notify the parent or guardian of each student who achieves a scaled score below 683 on Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English Language Arts and describe the district’s or school’s remediation plan to improve the student’s academic performance in reading.

post added: January 5, 2022


 

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Guiding Documents, Policies, and Compliance

As a part of the Statewide System of Support, State Support Teams work closely with the Ohio Department of Education to provide training, resources, and technical assistance to schools and districts as they strive to ensure that each child has access to a high-quality education. The documents, policies, and laws shared here provide the foundation to this work.

 

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Ohio’s Annual Literacy Academies

The Ohio Department of Education holds annual Literacy Academies for districts, schools, and early childhood providers to support the use of evidence-based language and literacy practices. The resources and tools from these events are available online.

 

The Science of Reading

The “Science of Reading” is a body of basic research in developmental and educational psychology, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience on reading, (one of the most complex human behaviors) and its biological bases.” Dr. Mark Seidenberg

Quality instruction is key to developing literacy skills in students. Educators should continue to build their base knowledge of the science of reading and use evidence based language and literacy practices to support the growth of students’ literacy and language skills.

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Professional Learning Recordings

Literacy Leaders Network: October 21, 2021

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