Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Frequently Asked Questions

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill (S.B.) 316 in 2012 which requires all students to read at grade level by the end of the third grade in order to advance to fourth grade. The legislation also requires Hilliard City Schools to assess all students in grades kindergarten through third grade this fall and to inform parents in writing if their child is not on track to be reading at grade level by the end of the school year.

Hilliard City Schools has a strong curriculum that includes a comprehensive system of intervention and support for students. The district offers professional development for teachers, researches best practices for teaching standards and makes data driven decisions that enable all students to become capable readers. The district will continue its efforts to meet the needs of every student and to ensure they are able to thrive in the 21st century.

Certain requirements related to S.B. 316 took effect last school year and have already been implemented. This will be the first school year in which Hilliard City Schools is required to retain third grade students who do not earn a score of 392 or higher on either the fall or spring Reading portion of the Ohio Achievement Assessment. There are a few exceptions to this requirement that are explained in the Frequently Asked Questions page provided in this message.

We will keep parents informed throughout this process as parents are a key partner in a student’s educational success. At Hilliard City Schools we value your participation in helping students and want to see your student succeed. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the district’s Curriculum Department at (614) 921-7000.

Resources

Columbus Public Library