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Beginning next year, 3rd-graders must pass test to move on

COLUMBUS — As many as 10,000 third-graders could be held back next school year if they fall short of new minimum scores set for the state reading test.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the state Board of Education set the new standard during its meeting yesterday.

The “third-grade guarantee” was approved last summer by Ohio lawmakers who left it to the state board to determine the score students should have to meet to move to fourth grade.

Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, students will have to score at least 392 out of 500 to move on to the fourth grade. Acting Superintendent Michael Sawyers told board members that the minimum score should be increased each year until it reaches 400 — the level at which a student is considered proficient.

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