3301-28-07 Kindergarten through third grade literacy improvement.

(A) Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, the local report card will include a graded performance measure known as kindergarten through third grade literacy improvement or K-3 literacy improvement. This measure will determine progress made based on the reduction in the percentage of students scoring below grade level, or below proficient, compared from year to year in grades kindergarten through three.

(B) The grade for this measure will be the percentage of the previous year's students in grades kindergarten through third grade that were below proficient in reading who test at or above proficient this year divided by the percent of students in grades kindergarten through three that tested below grade level in the previous year.

(1) The calculation will only include students that were in the school or district in the current year, which is the most recent school year, and the previous school year.

(2) The measure will utilize the results of the reading diagnostics as required by division (B)(1) of section 3313.608 of the Revised Code and the English language arts assessments administered at the end of the third grade as prescribed under division (A)(1)(a) of section 3301.0710 of the Revised Code.

(a) The improvement in kindergarten literacy will be measured using the previous year's kindergarten reading diagnostic assessment administered by September thirtieth as prescribed by division (B)(1) of section 3313.608 of the Revised Code and the current year's first grade reading diagnostic assessment administered by September thirtieth as prescribed by division (B)(1) of section 3313.608 of the Revised Code.

(b) The improvement in first grade literacy will be measured using the previous year's first grade reading diagnostic assessment administered by September thirtieth as prescribed by division (B)(1) of section 3313.608 of the Revised Code and the current year's second grade reading diagnostic assessment administered by September thirtieth as prescribed by division (B)(1) of section 3313.608 of the Revised Code.

(c) The improvement in second grade literacy will be measured using the previous year's second grade reading diagnostic assessment administered by September thirtieth as prescribed by division (B)(1) of section 3313.608 of the Revised Code and the current year's third grade reading diagnostic assessment administered by September thirtieth as prescribed by division (B)(1) of section 3313.608 of the Revised Code.

(d) The improvement in third grade literacy will be measured using the current year's third grade reading diagnostic assessment administered by September thirtieth as prescribed by division (B)(1) of section 3313.608 of the Revised Code and the current year's English language arts assessments administered at the end of the third grade as prescribed under division (A)(1)(a) of section 3301.0710 of the Revised Code.

(3) Schools and districts will receive a demotion for each student who scores below proficient on the English language arts assessments administered at the end of the third grade as prescribed under division (A)(1)(a) of section 3301.0710 of the Revised Code and is not on a reading improvement and monitoring plan as described by division (C) of section 3313.608 of the Revised Code.

(C) The department will assign a letter grade for the kindergarten through third grade literacy improvement measure using grade ranges calculated each year by:

(1) Dividing the distance between the statewide average value for this measure and a score of one-hundred into three equal ranges. These equal ranges will be, in descending order, the "A" grade range, "B" grade range, and "C" grade range, with the statewide average value for this measure being the minimum of the "C" grade range.

(2) Designating the "D" grade range as a distance below the statewide average value for this measure equal to the grade ranges in division (C)(1) of this rule.

(3) Designating any score resulting from the measure below the minimum of the "D" grade range as an "F".

(D) No school or district with less than five percent of its kindergarten students scoring below proficient on the reading diagnostic assessment administered by September thirtieth of the previous year as prescribed by division (B)(1) of section 3313.608 of the Revised Code will receive a letter grade on the kindergarten through third grade literacy improvement measure.

Effective: 01/02/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/02/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07 , 3302.03
Rule Amplifies: 3302.03