Ohio Works to Improve Early Childhood Education

Over the last decade, Ohio leaders and educators have been working hard to improve early childhood education and reading proficiency for young learners in the state. Studies like Investigating the Pathway to Proficiency from Birth through 3rd Grade from the Ohio Education Research Center continue to show the importance of investing in high-quality early childhood education to help prepare students for kindergarten, reading achievement, and success throughout and beyond the school years.

  • In 2007, an Early Childhood Advisory Council, which includes members from early childhood programs, schools, health and social services, foundations and other groups, was established to provide guidance to the governor on early childhood programs.
  • In 2009, Ohio’s Early Childhood Development System was formed under the Ohio Department of Education to ensure that all children in the state have high-quality early care and education, supports and services to promote their comprehensive healthy development, and support for their families and parents.
  • In the 2010-2011 school year, 20% of third-grade students in the state did not meeting reading proficiency. In order to help these struggling readers, beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee was implemented. This law requires students who are not reading at grade level by third grade to be retained in reading and to receive additional support from their district. A growing number of states have implemented or are working to implement similar third grade reading laws.

This is a small example of the many resources established in order to help Ohio’s students. Visit the Ohio Department of Education website to get more information for administrators, teachers, parents, and the community covering topics on everything from finding child care, Head Start, Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards, and available grants to high school graduation requirements.

GrapeSEED is Helping Ohio Students

GrapeSEED is helping young students in one Ohio school district get on track to reach reading proficiency by third grade. Buckeye Elementary School, which is part of the Salem City School District, is using GrapeSEED to help English Language Learners (ELLs) in kindergarten, first and second grade learn the academic English language they need to know in order to succeed in school.

Many of these students face an additional challenge: they are newcomers to the United States and have never attended school. So not only are they learning a new language, but they are also learning what it means to be a student in a new country!

According to ELL Pullout Teacher Alison Haynes, they are making great progress.

“We saw our kids make significant growth this year. It is evident that the students are using the English language more confidently and are participating in class discussions and answering questions in class in complete sentences. While working with my ELL students during their hour block of time with me, I had significant growth with the students learning sight words pulled from the GrapeSEED material.”

GrapeSEED is attending the upcoming OAESA Professional Conference 2016in Columbus June 15th-17th. Meet us there to learn more about how GrapeSEED is helping these young students in Ohio and discover the independent research showing how GrapeSEED has helped all student subgroups with language development, including ELLs, English as a Second Language (ESL) students, and other at-risk and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students and struggling readers.

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