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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.

Third Grade Reading Guarantee Promotion Criteria for 2022-2023 school year

State law requires the State Board of Education to annually increase the promotion score on Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English language arts until it reaches proficient for the 2024-2025 school year. Accordingly, the State Board voted to raise the promotion score for the grade 3 English language arts test to 685 for the 2022-2023 school year. Any student who scores 685 or higher on the English language arts scaled score will be eligible for promotion to fourth grade at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

In addition, the Department set the reading subscore alternative assessment score for Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English language arts test at 47 for the 2022-2023 school year. Any student who scores 47 or higher on the reading subscore will be eligible for promotion to fourth grade at the end of the 2022-2023 school year, even if the student scores below 685 on Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English language arts.

Direct questions about these changes or the Third Grade Reading Guarantee to

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.


Professional Learning Recordings

Literacy Leaders Network: October 21, 2021

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