Date of Graduation

Summer 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Education


Early Childhood Education

Research Sponsor

Dr. Lynn Kline

First Reader

Jennifer Bozeka

Second Reader

Kate Murdoch


In the state of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Education issues a requirement to all third grade classrooms in the state that they must administer a reading diagnostic to every third grade student; they have entitled this movement as the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee”. This style of testing requires every third grader in the state of Ohio to achieve a “Promotion Score” in order to then progress to their next grade the following year. If students fail to pass their reading diagnostic, they are not considered nor labeled “On Track”, and, thus, cannot move on to the fourth grade. This Guarantee officially states that their assessments help to identify every struggling reader so that they will provide the necessary, academic support and resources that he or she needs in order to read more successfully in the future. However, 6.6% of all Ohio third graders could not pass the Third Grade Reading Guarantee threshold for a list of reasons (Ohio Department of Education, 2016). There are many other factors though that may contribute to whether a student will pass or fail their reading diagnostics, such as which public school district they are enrolled and how the school expands its resources on educational funding, a struggle for many districts with financial instabilities. The school district's resources and support are the key components in instruction for guiding struggling readers, ultimately determining whether a third grade student will move onto the next grade level.