This New Ohio Curriculum Wants to Make Sure Kids Can Read in 3rd Grade

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Columbus and Franklin County officials are working to ensure every child can read successfully before third grade.

The initiative is called “Success By Third Grade,” a $1 million investment to increase literacy, attendance, and reading comprehension among Franklin County students.

“Reading fluency by the end of third grade is the strongest predictor of high school graduation,” said Lisa Courtice, president and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio.

The program is run by United Way of Central Ohio and will address non-academic issues such as poverty, lack of resources and mental health, all of which have been exacerbated during the pandemic.

“They’ve worked so hard over the past couple of years, so for us as a community to lean down and say we’ll support the non-academic barriers that hold children back, and that’s what it’s about. acts. “Courtice said.

Before the pandemic, seven of Franklin County’s sixteen school districts had third-grade proficiency rates below 75%. Those numbers have only gone down during the pandemic.

“We know that in order to solve all the problems educationally, we have to focus on the third grade,” said Melvin Brown, superintendent of schools for the city of Reynoldsburg.

Reynoldsburg City Schools is one of seven districts receiving support from the “Success By Third Grade” initiative, along with schools in Gahanna-Jefferson, Whitehall, Groveport Madison, South-Western, Westerville and Columbus City. . But their goal is not just to increase reading inside the classroom, but outside of it as well.

“Educating children isn’t just about them walking through the school gates and sitting in the classrooms, it’s how they learn things culturally, it’s how they become and understand who they are and what they want to do. It all comes from literacy,” Brown said.

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