Third Grade Guarantee

Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee

What is the Third Grade Reading Guarantee?

Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee is a program to identify students from kindergarten through grade 3 that are behind in reading. Schools will provide help and support to make sure students are on track for reading success by the end of third grade.

Testing Tips

Ohio Department of Education Third Grade Guarantee Home Page


What can I do to help my child become a better reader?

Struggling readers greatly benefit from their families’ involvement and help at home.

Click on the following links for the tools you need:

Parent Road Maps

Fact Sheet

National PTA Parent’s Guide to Student Success

InfoOhio Parent Resources to Support 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee

Family and Community Literacy Support


Click here to find out about : Parenting a 3rd Grader to Read

Beach Bags:

Beach Bags - "Beach Bags," are an online set of printable books and other helps that give parents an easy way to keep their children's reading skills sharp, with fun summer activities arranged around five themes: weather; pets; transportation; food; and neighborhoods . Each downloadable Beach Bag includes two free "little books" you can print out at home, two related activities, a list of classic picture books for further reading and a list of suggested websites to explore. Beach Bags are offered free to all Ohio families by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education.


BookFLIX pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction e-books. This engaging combination of read-aloud stories and read-along nonfiction builds phonemic awareness; develops phonics decoding skills; and strengthens vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension, all while introducing children to a world of knowledge and exploration. Many of the nonfiction titles cover STEM and social studies standards. Lexile scores are included. 

Click here to visit the BookFLIX site

The Early World of Learning:

The Early World of Learning offers students in grades K-3 narrated stories, interactive reading games, leveled reading practice, and an online encyclopedia. Early World of Learning's 'Welcome to Reading' section offers new readers stories, games, and activities to help them increase their skills. Two other areas on the site--Trek's Travels and Know It--help children develop vocabulary and comprehension.

Click here to visit the Early World of Learning site

World Book Kids:

World Book Kids is an encyclopedia for children 5-8. It lets kids explore the world through beautiful photographs, video, and articles written for beginning readers. In addition, World Book Kids includes fun online activities and even science experiments for parents and children to conduct together.

Click here to visit the World Book Kids site


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Frequently asked questions about the Third Grade Reading Guarantee

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YCSD Blank Reading Improvement Monitoring Plan (RIMP) Forms found in Illuminate:

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