GREENVILLE – Darke County’s third graders joined students from around the state to take the Ohio Achievement Assessment, but there was a little more pressure to do well on this year’s reading test. Students that scored under a 392 risked the chance of repeating third grade under Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
Darke County’s students performed well on the assessment with over 92% meeting or exceeding the standards required by the state. Nearly 700 students from Greenville City Schools and all Darke County Schools, including Bradford, took the test.
Jim Atchley, superintendent for Ansonia and Mississinawa Valley (MV), was pleased with the numbers from both of his schools. Over 98% of Ansonia’s third graders were able to meet the standards and 42 of 48 students at MV passed the assessment. The numbers are a little skewed because the results are for all students. According to the superintendent, the state does not require special education students to achieve the targeted score, but are included in the results. None of the county schools had more than 10 students fall short of the requirement and most had six or fewer with the majority of those falling in the special education category. Ansonia, Franklin Monroe and Bradford each had one student.
Greenville City Schools had 198 third graders take the achievement test with 174 reaching the standard (87.9%).
Overall, 88% of the state’s 119,393 public school students met or exceeded the standard. That number dipped for community school students with only 71.4% of the 8,234 students reaching the target.
Read more about the Third Grade Reading Guarantee with comments from local superintendents on Darke County’s results in this week’s The Early Bird