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About 12 Percent of Ohio’s Third Graders Still Can’t Read Well Enough for Fourth Grade

Previous test results this school year have sounded warnings about how many children are in danger of being held back in third grade if their reading does not improve.

The latests results released this morning by the Ohio Department of Education are not final, but far more serious: These include how students did on the spring Ohio Achievement Assessments, the state’s main exams.

In Cleveland, which has some of the worst-scoring readers in the state, only 63 percent of third graders scored well enough to go to fourth grade.