Batavia teachers making progress on reading mandate

By Kristin Bednarski
Sun staff

Batavia Elementary School Principal Renee Munro gave board of education members a brief update on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee during the Oct. 15 board meeting.

The Third Grade Reading Guarantee was a part of Ohio Senate Bill 316, which came into play at Ohio schools this summer.

The reading guarantee requires students who enter third grade in 2013-2014 or after to score at a certain level on Ohio’s third-grade reading achievement to advance to fourth grade.

Munro said they began implementing the mandate this year by creating and administering a diagnostic assessment.

“All students (K-3) were given a diagnostic test,” Munro said.

For students who do not score at the appropriate level, the reading guarantee requires districts to contact their parents and administer supplemental reading programs to the students.

Munro said they sent 77 letters home to parents of students who didn’t meet the requirements of the diagnostic assessment. She said they will be using several reading programs to help students improve their reading skills moving forward.

Munro said developing and administering the diagnostic assessment for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee was a lot of work for administrators and teachers at the elementary school.

“It took a lot of effort to assess all students in a short period of time,” Munro said.

Munro thanked staff who worked with her to get everything done on time and said it would not have been possible without them.

Districts were required by the state to begin testing and develop programs this year, but will not retain students who do not meet Ohio’s third grade reading assessment until next school year.

Munro said they will continue to communicate with parents about their students’ progress if they did not meet the requirements and will be talking with parents at parent conferences later this year.

“The key is monitoring students progress and communicating with parents,” Munro said.