Democratic gubernatorial nominee and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald released the following statement on the statewide results of the third grade reading test. The results, released yesterday, show that over 12 percent of Ohio’s 3rd graders did not pass and are at risk of being held back.
“Last month, I called for a moratorium on the third grade reading guarantee because it was clear that Ohio’s schools do not have sufficient resources to meet this unfunded mandate. This week’s test results reinforce that in order to ensure our children are reading at grade level by the third grade we must make a real investment in early childhood education and universal pre-k. In the meantime, the Governor must also call the legislature back from their summer recess to place a moratorium on the third grade reading guarantee and to appropriate the needed resources to ensure that the Ohio children who don’t pass the test get the resources in 4th grade they need.”