YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Some local students are getting a head start on the school year. It’s all part of the “Ready, Set, Go” program at the United Way of Trumbull County.
The program gives students two weeks of intensive reading instruction that supports student success in meeting Ohio’s third-grade reading requirements. Twenty students at Jefferson K-8 Elementary took part on Wednesday and the school was the agency’s pilot school for the program.
“We have targeted students who are ready, almost ready to pass that test and giving them two weeks of intervention to make sure they are absolutely ready to pass the test in October,” said Ginny Pasha, United Way of Trumbull County. “It is critically important for our community that our kids are reading at grade level by grade 3, age 8 in most cases. High school graduation can be predicted with reasonable accuracy by knowing someone’s reading skill at the end of third grade and we all know how important a high school diploma is to the economic health of individuals and our community.”
Huntington Bank was on hand to pass backpacks to the students. United Way plans to expand this program to other districts next year.
According to Pasha, the success of this program will be measured by the students’ scores on the October Ohio Achievement Assessment, which should be available to the schools in November. Students must meet a minimum score on the state reading test to move on to the fourth grade.
In 2013-2014, the minimum score for advancement is 392. This score must be attained either in the fall or spring administration of the Ohio Achievement Assessment.
New Warren City Schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro has placed third-grade reading as a focus of the district.
To make sure students in Trumbull County have every opportunity to be reading at grade level by third grade, United Way of Trumbull County introduced the “Reading Great by 8” literacy initiative this year.