Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase most commonly associated with the medical profession. The phrase translates to “first, do no harm”. Ohio’s legislators would do well to adopt this concept when considering the laws about education.
As we first wrote yesterday, research studies show that the mandatory retention component of Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee law will do irreparable harm to thousands of children by increasing the likelihood that they will drop out of school later on. Since this evidence contradicts the intended outcome of the law, we must push the Ohio General Assembly to immediately amend the law to [...]Full Story... →
If you’re a parent with a child in third grade this year, then you are probably aware of Ohio’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee law that puts added pressure on your son or daughter to score (nearly) proficient or greater on the state’s reading achievement test or else they will end up in summer school and most likely be retained. A week ago, we wrote about how the total number of students expected to be retained this year is in the neighborhood of 19,000 statewide.
The new law was written in such [...]Full Story... →
Senate Bill 21 seeks to change provisions relating to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee (TGRG) passed last year. A key component of this bill has been overlooked, but was highlighted yesterday by Senator Peggy Lehner as she introduced it to the House Education Committee.
According to Lehner in her testimony, the original legislation was never intended to affect teachers in grades K-2, and it was misinterpreted by the Ohio Department of Education after its passage (this is debatable as the original language could be claimed to be faulty and/or ambiguous). Lehner’s SB21 (passed 30-1 by Ohio Senate) corrects the confusing [...]Full Story... →
The Senate Education Committee will be discussing Senate Bill 21 this week, a bill that seeks to change the requirements of the teachers involved in reading instruction under the Third Grade Guarantee. The legislation likely does not go far enough in providing schools the flexibility they need to roll in the required changes to reading instruction, but the introduction of legislation to modify the rules is a start.
Senate Bill 21 seeks to remove the requirement that students “…shall be assigned a teacher who has been actively engaged in the reading instruction of students for the previous three years…”
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Ohio’s legislators’ misguided belief in their infinite wisdom of education reform continues to be exposed as Senate Bill 316 — their most recent attempt at demonstrating their knowledge of schools — has become law. The latest display of their ignorance of the education system can be found in the requirements that exist as a part of the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee.”
The “guarantee” is detailed in Ohio Revised Code 3313.608 and has been explained as a way to ensure that all students are proficient readers before moving on to the 4th grade. A key component of the new [...]Full Story... →
Last week John Kasich submitted his latest education reform bill to the legislature via Senator Peggy Lehner. We’ve posted about that introduction of ideas now known as Senate Bill 316, and I personally wrote about a proposal referred to as the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The proposal is an ill-conceived method of enforcing big-government ideas onto local school board decisions under the guise of providing the “best” solution for students. But when the administration revealed the research that is the driving force behind this recycled plan, they revealed their own flaws in reading and [...]Full Story... →
Last October, we wrote about the exorbitant cost of obtaining a Reading Endorsement to meet the requirements of teaching the primary grades under Ohio’s Third Grade Guarantee law. At the time, we projected the cost to be over $17,000. That figure may have dropped a bit as universities have been scrambling to find a way to address the thousands of panicked teachers seeking to obtain the endorsement, but will still cost thousands of unnecessary dollars.
We have a message for those panicked teachers: Stop it.
Senate Bill 21 has moved on to the Ohio House with [...]Full Story... →
For a Governor and political party that professes to want a smaller government, Ohio’s Republicans sure seem to like laws that impose greater government control over our personal lives.
One latest example that doesn’t involve a uterus is Governor Kasich’s proposal to implement a “guarantee” that all children are proficient readers before being allowed to move on to the 4th grade. His explanation is that students who aren’t able to pass the third grade reading test are less likely to graduate from high school and should therefore be held back for (at least) a year.
In fact, Kasich [...]Full Story... →
Speaking of activist judges…
The Supreme Court ruled on two cases yesterday- both dealing with free-speech and both showing the conservative bias of the court.
In the first, they ruled that an anti-abortion group CAN run issue ads two months before an election.
In the second, then ruled that a student CAN NOT display a silly banner reading “bong hits 4 jesus” across the street from school property.
When writing about the anti-abortion group:
Chief Justice John Roberts is a wrote for the majority. “Where the First Amendment is implicated, the tie goes to the speaker, not the [...]Full Story... →
When Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee law was passed, it required that the State Board of Education set the “cut score” that third graders would have to reach on Ohio’s standardized reading test in order to be eligible to advance to fourth grade. This decision was made on a single day — September 11, 2012 — during their regular business meeting after hearing a presentation by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
During that presentation, Michael Sawyers, acting State Superintendent, and Sasheen Phillips, ODE Senior Executive Director of Curriculum and Assessment presented to the State Board with their recommendations. In that [...]Full Story... →
Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee law is based off of a law in Florida that has been in place for many years. In Florida, a student must reach a certain level on their state test, the FCAT 2.0, in order to avoid being retained in third grade. As in Ohio, there are a variety of exceptions for English Language Learners and special education students. Florida has supposedly had a great deal of success with their law and individuals from the Florida Department of Education even testified in Ohio when the legislation was under consideration in the General Assembly.
Let’s take [...]Full Story... →