By Rick Palsgrove
Approximately 45 percent of all Groveport Madison third grade students scored below the state requirement for advancement to the fourth grade on the state reading test administered in October.
“The results are a reflection of one of the problems districts with high transient populations face, particularly in high poverty communities,” said Dee Copas, director of communications for Groveport Madison Schools. “Loss in learning is experienced over summer break which often creates literacy readiness gaps for our students. We have to remember that this is only the beginning of the school year. Mastery learning is still in progress and scores generally improve on our spring test.”
Copas said Groveport Madison has performed above the state average in providing valued added instruction for the past four years to close the literacy gap for students.
“We anticipate a continuation in this effort and would welcome all inquiries to share our successes with other districts,” said Copas.
Students will have two more opportunities to pass the third grade reading test this spring and summer.
According to Copas, if students do not pass the reading test, they will be retained in the third grade next year, with the following exemptions:
•Limited English proficient students who have been enrolled in U.S. schools for less than three full school years and have had less than three years of instruction in an English as a Second Language Program.
•A special education student who’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) specifically exempts them from retention under the third grade reading guarantee.
•Any student who has received intensive remediation for two years and was previously retained in kindergarten through the third grade.
•Students who demonstrate reading competency on a Reading OAA Alterative approved by the Ohio Department of Education (to be released February, 2014).
“Groveport Madison will have a policy for retained students to move on to the fourth grade any time they demonstrate proficiency in reading, including the summer before the fourth grade and the middle of the year,” said Copas.
When asked what Groveport Madison will do if a large number of students have to repeat the third grade, Copas replied, “Groveport Madison is following the requirements around teacher certification for those who instruct students on a reading and monitoring plan. Staffing will be allocated based on the need as dictated by students on a plan.”