Ohio ready to unveil high-stakes reading scores

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is preparing to release the results of fall reading tests indicating for the first time that thousands of students statewide are at risk of failing third grade this year.

Under the state's new Third Grade Reading Guarantee, students can be held back if they don't meet tough new reading targets.

State officials anticipated that many students would not have met the targets in results to be released Friday from tests taken at the beginning of third grade. Thirds-graders will be tested again in six months.

Those who lag at year's end will have the chance to re-take reading in the summer. Officials said those still lagging targets after completing summer programs could advance to fourth grade even mid-year once targets are met.