Peggy Lehner says state not ready for number of failing third graders
As the time nears for statewide testing of Ohio third graders who are now required to be proficient in reading, one top Republican lawmaker has made a dire prediction.
“I’m not sure the state is prepared, I’m not sure our schools are prepared, but it’s going to happen,” said state senator Peggy Lehner, chair of the senate Education Committee. “It’s going to be a tough year.”
Starting this year, students who don’t pass the third grade reading proficiency test will be held back.
Ohio education officials estimate that up to 30 percent or more of Ohio’s third graders may fail to meet the requirement on the Ohio Achievement Assessment and won’t be promoted to fourth grade.