Latest News

Third Graders Face High-Stakes Reading Targets

The games, ice cream and play rehearsals that 9-year-old Joshua Rowell experienced during summer school this year weren’t just for fun.

Joshua, like thousands of Ohio third-graders, had missed a state literacy target on a standardized test. He faced being held back in third grade unless his reading skills improved.

As fellow summer school students at Clinton Elementary School rehearsed a play, “The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf,” Joshua said activities like playing word games, making recipes and practicing play scripts helped, but he also had to work on reading at home.