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Summer school offered to help third-graders on last shot at test

by Bob Gaetjens | Editor Published: June 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Streetsboro -- The results are preliminary and bound to change, according to Campus Elementary School Principal Kristen Cottrell, but 91.5 percent of third-graders passed the reading Ohio Achievement Assessment and can move on to the fourth grade, according to data from the Ohio Department of Education.

Cottrell explained that the number of Streetsboro students reported as taking the test could change, due to moves in and out of the district which weren't taken into account, so the percentage passing could change (probably upwards, she believes) by several percentage points.

According to the state's numbers, 153 Streetsboro students took the test and 140 performed well enough to meet the third-grade reading guarantee, which requires students to repeat third-grade reading if they do not perform well enough.

Streetsboro Director of Curriculum Aireane Curtis said 151 students took the test and 140 passed it.

Two students left the district shortly after the fall test was conducted, which Cottrell said may explain the discrepancy between the state's 153 students and the district's 151.

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The number of students who took the test include those for whom English is a second language and others who have disabilities who are exempted from the requirement to meet the guarantee.

Curtis said the district is offering summer school through the month of June. Students were invited to summer school who were not going to meet the third-grade reading guarantee, said Cottrell.

"It was voluntary, and we did have some kids who didn't participate who we'd have liked to have participate," she said.

Cottrell said students who haven't met the third-grade reading guarantee will have the opportunity to take the test again July 9.

Students who fail to meet the third-grade reading guarantee through the July 9 testing will remain with their third-grade school mates in a single, fourth-grade classroom in which a variety of reading levels will be taught, including third-grade reading.

"[The teacher] will also be working on fourth-grade science, social studies and math with them," said Curtis.

Cottrell said the summer school has focused on trying to provide fun, purposeful reading and writing activities.

"We're trying to find some other ways to get them interested in reading," she said. "You have to see a purpose in reading."

On test day, she said "you want them sharp but not sick of everything."

The three-day-a-week summer school program runs through the month of June, said Curtis.

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