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Number meeting reading standard spikes


Nearly 80 percent of CMSD third-graders complied with Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee during the 2013-14 school year, roughly doubling the number who met the standard in the fall.

As of October, only 40 percent of third-graders had scored well enough on the Ohio Achievement Assessment to meet the standard, which is required to earn promotion to the fourth grade.

Since then, 1,046 achieved the minimum score or better on the Northwest Evaluation Association, or NWEA, reading test, an equivalent exam accepted by the state. Another 160 met the threshold on the spring OAA, raising compliance to 77 percent.

The District is working aggressively with the remaining 625 third-graders to help them comply, Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said. The students had a chance to enroll in a free summer reading academy and can take the OAA and NWEA in July.