Ohio’s Introduction to the Science of Reading Courses Now Available
Under Section 265.330(A)(2) of House Bill 33 of the 135th General Assembly, districts and schools shall require all teachers and administrators to complete a course provided by the Department not later than June 30, 2025, except that any teacher or administrator who has previously completed similar training, as determined by the Department, shall not be required to complete the course. The Department has created multiple course pathways to meet the professional development requirements in law.
Two pathways are now available on the Department’s Learning Management System:
- Pathway A: Ohio’s Introduction to the Science of Reading, Kindergarten-Grade 5
- Pathway C: Ohio’s Introduction to the Science of Reading, Grades 6-12
Additional pathways will be released in the coming weeks. Districts can determine which pathway an educator may take based on the grade band they serve, their role, and whether they have previously taken 18 hours of dyslexia professional development to partially fulfill the requirements of the law.
Ohio’s Introduction to Dyslexia, Grades 4-12 Course Now Available
Ohio’s Introduction to Dyslexia, Grades 4-12 course is now available in the Department’s Learning Management System. This free course is one option available to educators to meet the professional development requirements of Ohio’s Dyslexia Support Laws. More information on accessing the course through the Learning Management System is available on the Department’s webpage.
Questions about the professional development requirements can be sent to [email protected]. If you need additional account support after consulting the information on the Department’s webpage, please contact OH|ID Profile Help at Profile.Help@education.ohio.gov for OH|ID assistance. If you are in the LMS application and need additional support, please contact LMS Support at [email protected].gov.
Science of reading professional development information and FAQs available
Information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the requirements for districts and schools under state law related to the science of reading professional development are available.
Requirements under House Bill 33 of the 135th General Assembly, Ohio Revised Code 3313.6028, and information regarding science of reading professional development and requirements can be found on the webpage along with frequently asked questions.
Please send any questions to [email protected].
Core Instructional Materials
- The initial list of approved core instructional materials was posted on Jan. 31. This list includes materials for prekindergarten and kindergarten through grade 5 approved under a phase 1 review.
- These materials fully met expectations on EdReports and met the Department’s review criteria.
- The list of core instructional materials that are currently under review for phase 2 was posted on Feb. 9. See that list here.
- These materials met some expectations under EdReports and warrant additional Department review.
- These vendors must submit additional materials for the phase 2 review by Feb. 16.
- The Department anticipates posting the materials approved in phase 2 on March 1.
- If a vendor does not pass phase 2, there will be a two-week appeals process.
HQIM Information and FAQ's available
The Department has updated information and FAQs on high-quality instructional materials in ELA
“Under ORC 3313.6028(C), beginning no later than the 2024-2025 school year, districts and schools must use core curriculum and instructional materials from the Department’s approved lists in prekindergarten to grade 5.” Districts may apply for individual student waivers from the department (student IEPs indicate need for 3 cueing); students on RIMPs are not eligible for a waiver. The department is identifying materials and beginning a phased review process from now-Feb 2024.
Budget Bill Changes to the Third-Grade Reading Guarantee
House Bill 33 of the 135th General Assembly included several legislative changes to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Information about the most significant changes to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee is available below.
Promotion of 2022-2023 School Year Third-Grade Students
Under House Bill 33 of the 135th General Assembly, any district, community school, STEM school or chartered nonpublic school that would have retained students who did not meet the promotion score on Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 ELA during the 2022-2023 school year must promote those students to fourth grade unless a student’s parent or guardian requests otherwise.
Students promoted to fourth grade must continue to receive at least 90 minutes of reading instruction that includes intensive intervention until the student is able to read at grade level.
2023-2024 Third Grade Reading Guarantee Promotion Score
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 grade 3 English language arts to 690 for the 2023-2024 school year. Any student who scores 690 or higher on the English language arts scaled score will be eligible for promotion to fourth grade at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.
In addition, the Ohio Department of Education has set the reading subscore alternative assessment score for Ohio’s State Test for the grade 3 English language arts test at 48 for the 2023-2024 school year. Any student who scores 48 or higher on the reading subscore will be eligible for promotion to fourth grade at the end of the 2023-2024 school year, even if the student scores below 690 on Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English language arts.
Changes Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year
Parent Request Exemption
Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, a student’s parent or guardian, in consultation with the student’s reading teacher and principal, may request that a student be promoted to fourth grade regardless of student’s score on Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English Language Arts. Students promoted to fourth grade through this exemption must continue to receive intensive reading instruction until the student is able to read at grade level.
Parent Notification Requirements
Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, districts must include the following information in the written communication to parents of students in grades K-3 who are not reading on grade level according to the reading diagnostic:
- A statement that connects the child’s proficiency level in reading to long-term outcomes of success related to proficiency in reading.
The following are additional requirements for RIMPs beginning in the 2023-2024 school year:
- High-dosage tutoring opportunities aligned with the student’s classroom instruction through either a state-approved vendor or a locally approved vendor that aligns with high-dosage tutoring best practices. High-dosage tutoring must include additional instruction time either:
- Three days per week, or
- At least 50 hours over 36 weeks.
- Intervention services must be aligned to the science of reading.
- Districts and schools must continue to provide the RIMP until the student is reading proficiently at their current grade level.
Please send questions to ThirdGradeGuarantee@education.ohio.gov.