95% of Ohio 3rd-graders pass reading standards

Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 5:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 5:46 PM

These results show what percentage of third-grade students passed the state reading test last year, qualifying them to advance to fourth grade this year. Statewide, 95.8 percent of students met the promotion threshold on the test.
District Name County # Third graders enrolled at end of school year and accountable to district % Exempt from being retained in third grade # Students subject to retention or promotion based on test % Met promotion threshold on reading test % Did not meet promotion threshold
Vandalia-Butler City Montgomery 196 4.6% 187 100.0% 0.0%
Oakwood City Montgomery 138 0.7% 137 100.0% 0.0%
Brookville Local Montgomery 93 1.1% 92 100.0% 0.0%
New Lebanon Local Montgomery 84 1.2% 83 100.0% 0.0%
Jefferson Township Local Montgomery 19 5.3% 18 100.0% 0.0%
Miamisburg City Montgomery 421 3.8% 405 99.8% 0.2%
Northmont City Montgomery 370 4.3% 354 99.7% 0.3%
Kettering City Montgomery 570 3.7% 549 99.3% 0.7%
Valley View Local Montgomery 124 5.6% 117 99.1% 0.9%
Centerville City Montgomery 548 2.0% 537 98.5% 1.5%
Huber Heights City Montgomery 418 10.5% 374 94.4% 5.6%
Mad River Local Montgomery 223 4.0% 214 93.0% 7.0%
West Carrollton City Montgomery 289 4.2% 277 92.4% 7.6%
Trotwood-Madison City Montgomery 115 5.2% 109 86.2% 13.8%
Northridge Local Montgomery 117 4.3% 112 85.7% 14.3%
Dayton City Montgomery 970 15.7% 818 83.6% 16.4%
Yellow Springs Exempted Village Greene 46 4.3% 44 100.0% 0.0%
Cedar Cliff Local Greene 36 2.8% 35 100.0% 0.0%
Beavercreek City Greene 524 3.1% 508 99.2% 0.8%
Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Greene 184 3.3% 178 98.9% 1.1%
Xenia Community City Greene 310 8.1% 285 98.2% 1.8%
Greeneview Local Greene 92 2.2% 90 97.8% 2.2%
Fairborn City Greene 330 6.4% 309 96.4% 3.6%
Troy City Miami 289 5.9% 272 100.0% 0.0%
Tipp City Exempted Village Miami 187 4.8% 178 100.0% 0.0%
Milton-Union Exempted Village Miami 113 0.9% 112 100.0% 0.0%
Miami East Local Miami 99 4.0% 95 100.0% 0.0%
Bethel Local Miami 76 0.0% 76 100.0% 0.0%
Newton Local Miami 46 15.2% 39 100.0% 0.0%
Bradford Exempted Village Miami 35 2.9% 34 100.0% 0.0%
Piqua City Miami 283 3.9% 272 99.3% 0.7%
Covington Exempted Village Miami 66 3.0% 64 98.4% 1.6%
Wayne Local Warren 102 6.9% 95 100.0% 0.0%
Springboro Community City Warren 428 2.3% 418 99.8% 0.2%
Lebanon City Warren 400 3.5% 386 99.7% 0.3%
Mason City Warren 729 2.3% 712 99.7% 0.3%
Little Miami Local Warren 317 0.6% 315 99.7% 0.3%
Kings Local Warren 274 3.6% 264 99.6% 0.4%
Carlisle Local Warren 116 6.0% 109 99.1% 0.9%
Franklin City Warren 216 9.3% 196 98.0% 2.0%
Talawanda City Butler 181 3.3% 175 100.0% 0.0%
Ross Local Butler 205 2.9% 199 99.5% 0.5%
Lakota Local Butler 1,193 3.4% 1,152 99.5% 0.5%
Madison Local Butler 104 2.9% 101 99.0% 1.0%
Fairfield City Butler 734 5.6% 693 98.8% 1.2%
Hamilton City Butler 717 6.0% 674 97.8% 2.2%
Edgewood City Butler 267 9.7% 241 96.7% 3.3%
Monroe Local Butler 188 5.9% 177 96.6% 3.4%
Middletown City Butler 483 8.7% 441 94.1% 5.9%
New Miami Local Butler 52 3.8% 50 90.0% 10.0%
Preble Shawnee Local Preble 100 7.0% 93 100.0% 0.0%
National Trail Local Preble 81 3.7% 78 100.0% 0.0%
Twin Valley Community Local Preble 56 5.4% 53 100.0% 0.0%
Tri-County North Local Preble 71 0.0% 71 98.6% 1.4%
Eaton Community City Preble 160 3.1% 155 98.1% 1.9%
Versailles Exempted Village Darke 94 2.1% 92 100.0% 0.0%
Mississinawa Valley Local Darke 46 17.4% 38 100.0% 0.0%
Franklin Monroe Local Darke 38 2.6% 37 100.0% 0.0%
Arcanum-Butler Local Darke 81 1.2% 80 98.8% 1.3%
Tri-Village Local Darke 69 0.0% 69 98.6% 1.4%
Ansonia Local Darke 59 3.4% 57 98.2% 1.8%
Greenville City Darke 192 7.8% 177 95.5% 4.5%
West Liberty-Salem Local Champaign 75 5.3% 71 100.0% 0.0%
Mechanicsburg Exempted Village Champaign 59 3.4% 57 100.0% 0.0%
Graham Local Champaign 165 5.5% 156 99.4% 0.6%
Urbana City Champaign 150 11.3% 133 98.5% 1.5%
Triad Local Champaign 64 3.1% 62 96.8% 3.2%
Clark-Shawnee Local Clark 125 2.4% 122 100.0% 0.0%
Greenon Local Clark 118 4.2% 113 100.0% 0.0%
Northwestern Local Clark 112 3.6% 108 100.0% 0.0%
Southeastern Local Clark 57 7.0% 53 100.0% 0.0%
Northeastern Local Clark 237 5.5% 224 99.1% 0.9%
Tecumseh Local Clark 189 5.3% 179 97.8% 2.2%
Springfield City Clark 523 11.1% 465 94.8% 5.2%
Source: Ohio Department of Education

More than 95 percent of affected third-graders met Ohio’s new reading test standards last year, qualifying them to be promoted to fourth grade this year, according to full school district data released Wednesday afternoon by the Ohio Department of Education.

ODE officials said the 95.8 percent passage rate is a significant increase from the previous year’s 88.2 percent level. In the Greater Dayton area, 45 of 52 public school districts exceeded the 95.8 percent state passage rate. The results are tied to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee program.

“We still have work to do, but we can see that the guarantee has been effective,” said Richard Ross, state school superintendent. “I’m proud that our teachers, parents, students and communities worked harder than ever to bring struggling readers up to speed. While these are great results, we need to continue to focus on the approximately 5,000 boys and girls who didn’t meet the threshold last year.”

Locally, 21 mostly smaller school districts saw every nonexempt student meet the state reading standard. The largest districts in that group were Troy, Vandalia-Butler, Tipp City and Oakwood. Another 22 districts, including many larger suburbs — Springboro, Miamisburg, Northmont, Kettering, Beavercreek, Centerville and Xenia – had more than 98 percent of affected students meet the reading test standard.

The Third Grade Reading Guarantee, which took effect last year, requires Ohio schools to provide intervention for struggling readers starting in kindergarten. Students who are still behind by the end of their third-grade year, as measured on state tests, must remain in third grade, at least in reading class, to improve those skills.

Just over five percent of students statewide were exempt from being retained – certain special education students, English as a Second Language students, and those who had been held back a grade previously.

Three local districts had less than 90 percent of nonexempt students pass the reading test, putting them in the bottom 4 percent of school districts statewide – Dayton (83.6 percent passage), Northridge (85.7) and Trotwood-Madison (86.2).

Among Montgomery County charter schools, DECA Prep and Horizon Science Academy-Dayton were the highest performers, with more than 96 percent of their nonexempt students meeting the state reading standard. Pathway School of Discovery and Miami Valley Academies each saw more than 92 percent of their students pass.

Five charter schools scored below all local public school districts, according to the state-released data – Emerson Academy (79.2 percent passage), STEAM Academy (70.0), Klepinger Community School (67.3), CityDay Community School (50.0) and Dayton Leadership Academies (47.6).

School districts are required to provide retained students with 90 minutes of daily reading instruction from a high-performing reading teacher. ODE officials said they expect many of the retained third-graders to be promoted fourth grade during this school year under a mid-year promotion provision written into the law.

Ohio State Fair tragedy: Ride passed inspection hours before fatal accident

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 7:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 7:57 PM

Enhanced Video: Ohio State Fair ride malfunction

A Dutch manufacturer has ordered ride operators worldwide to cease operations of the type of amusement park ride that killed a man and injured seven other people Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair.

“In the accident a passenger-carrying gondola detached from the supporting sweep arm” of the Fire Ball, according to Albert Kroon, product manager for KMG International of The Netherlands. As is broke apart in mid-air, the gondola and riders were flung to the ground.

  • 1 killed, 7 hurt when riders are thrown from The Fire Ball
  • Ohio State Fair gates reopened at 9 a.m. Thursday
  • Gov. John Kasich orders all rides shut down until they are inspected again
  • Kasich said inspection records for all fair rides will be made available
  • Ohio State Fair the day after ride accident


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Operators of the ride, as well as one called Move-it, “are instructed to cease operation of the ride until further notice” as the company investigates the accident, Kroon said in a news release.

The ride operator, Amusements of America, issued a statement Thursday through a public relations firm, saying the ride was inspected by the company staff as well as “independent inspectors” prior to the fair opening.

“Our family owned company is committed to working with state and local experts in trying to determine the cause of this tragic incident,” according to the news release. “We are keeping those impacted by this tragic situation in our prayers and fully cooperating with those investigating this accident.”

Wednesday was the opening day of the fair.

A full investigation of the ride and accident is ongoing, said Col. Paul Pride, Ohio Highway Patrol superintendent.

Pride said people on the ride and on the ground were injured in the incident. He gave no timetable for how long the patrol’s investigation would take.

All of the state fair’s rides will remain shut down until all have been re-inspected and deemed safe. The midway is closed off and inaccessible to the public.

A state trooper is among those who witnessed the accident and Pride said investigators are seeking other witnesses, including those on the ride, who have not already talked to investigators.


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Witnesses are asked to call a hotline at (614) 799-6633.

Investigators also are seeking any video clips people have of the ride and have asked YouTube to remove a video showing the incident and bodies being flung from the ride.

“Its kind of disturbing to watch that knowing what the outcome is,” Pride said.

The Fire Ball, also marketed as the Afterburner, features a long swinging pendulum arm. At the end of the arm, suspended from spokes, are six gondolas, which seat a total of 24 people. The arm swings up with a maximum height of 65 feet, while the gondolas revolve at 15 revolutions per minute, according to the manufacturer’s website.

The ride is constructed on two semi-trailers and takes three people to assemble. Assembly time is three to four hours, according to the manufacturer.

Inspections done the day of accident

The ride was built in 1998, according to the Associated Press. It passed a standard Ohio Department of Agriculture inspection earlier in the day Wednesday and also passed the company’s daily inspection before the accident.

Inspectors review a long list of items, including location and installation, along with structural issues such as pins, retainers, hydraulics and signs of wear. They also inspect the “tub and vehicle,” meaning the place where the riders are held in place, looking at restraints, latches, wheels and the overall condition.

Electrical inspections include the ride transformer, insulation on wires and cables, switches and controls and ensuring there is no stray voltage.

In October, the ride received a visual weld inspection of structural components and an ultrasonic examination of gondola pins by an engineering company, Soil Consultants, Inc. of Charleston, S.C. No defects were found in either inspection, according to the report.


Ohio law mandates both of those inspections.

Larry Zavodney, senior professor of mechanical engineering at Cedarville University, said inspectors “look for evidence of deformation of metal, or cracks. You look for something that has either stretched, or bent or deformed or you look for cracks,” Zavodney said.

The ultrasonic tests are done to find cracks that cannot be seen because those often are what causes a part to fail.

“My hunch is that that is what happened, that some microcracks developed that were not visible and the cracks grew and at excessive load conditions, which is what this ride would produce, it led to a part failing,” said Zavodney. “When one part fails it’s a cascade and another part will fail and another part will fail and finally something comes apart.”

Passers by look at the fire ball ride as Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stand guard at the Ohio State Fair Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The fair opened Thursday but its amusement rides remained closed one day after Tyler Jarrell, 18, was killed and seven other people were injured when the thrill ride broke apart and flung people into the air.(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Records provided by the state of Ohio included copies of maintenance and operations certifications for two people to operate or attend the Fire Ball ride. Duwan Dowdy, the ride attendant, signed his training certification Wednesday. Luis Benitez, the ride operator, certified his training on June 22.

Dowdy, 21, lives in Columbus, according to a background check and Franklin County Board of Elections records.

It is unclear if either of the men were on shift at the time of the incident.

The records show the ride was previously operated at New Jersey’s State Fair Meadowlands from June 22 to July 9.

In 2014 South Carolina inspectors inspected a Fire Ball ride with the identical serial number of the one in Columbus. The ride received an unsatisfactory mark for “electrical equipment, wiring, fusing, wiring systems and lighting attachments. The issue was corrected and passed upon re-inspection.

GRAPHIC IMAGES: Footage from Ohio State Fair accident

Victim just enlisted in Marines

Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, was thrown from the ride and died at the scene, and his girlfriend Keziah Lewis, 19, of Columbus, was injured.

The Columbus Dispatch interviewed her mother, Clarissa Williams, who said Jarrell had just enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Asked if she was angry at the fair or amusement ride company, Williams told the Dispatch, “I just feel something went terribly wrong, something was overlooked that they should have secured more.”

Three of the injured were taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, and two were released by Thursday morning. One, Jennifer Lambert, 18, of Columbus, remains there in critical condition, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, Ohio, recently enlisted in the Marine Corps was killed and seven others were injured, five critically, when a ride malfunctioned on the opening day of the 2017 Ohio State Fair in Columbus.(United States Marine Corps Recruiting South Columbus)

A condition was unavailable on a 14-year-old boy whose parents did not release his name.

Of the three injured people at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, two patients remain in critical condition, and another remains in serious condition after multiple surgeries. The families of those three released a statement thanking the community for an outpouring of concern.

“We appreciate all of your prayers, and we are keeping those who were injured and died in our prayers as well,” they said. “As we focus our attention on the long healing process, we are asking media and the community to respect our privacy during this very difficult time.”

Aerial scenes above accident at Ohio State Fair

Governor Kasich visits fairgrounds

At the fairgrounds Thursday morning, Ohio Gov. John Kasich faced one of the biggest mobs of reporters in his six years as governor. Standing on a makeshift platform near the main gate, Kasich said the Ohio Highway Patrol has his full and total confidence as it conducts the investigation. He promised to stay out of the investigation and said there will be complete transparency.

“We can’t speculate on what we’ll find. What we do know is there will be lessons learned in one way or another that can then be passed on to many of the amusement parks and fairs all across America,” Kasich said.

Passers by look at the fire ball ride as Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stand guard at the Ohio State Fair Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The fair opened Thursday but its amusement rides remained closed one day after Tyler Jarrell, 18, was killed and seven other people were injured when the thrill ride broke apart and flung people into the air.(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

He added: “This will not define the Ohio State Fair. The Ohio State Fair will carry on.”

Kasich said he has reached out to the victims’ families and he hopes to meet with them.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels said ride safety is a top priority and inspections are taken seriously, but rides are mechanical equipment that can fail from time to time. His department is in charge of the inspections.

Kasich said despite best efforts to keep rides safe, there are no guarantees in life. He said he thinks about those people thrown from the ride and those hit by debris.

“That’s a nightmare. It’s a terrible situation but all we can do is what is humanly possible to make sure that we provide the safety and the inspections,” Kasich said.

The ride at the fair malfunctioned.

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MAC to give out free lipstick for National Lipstick Day

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 8:17 PM

MAC Cosmetics is giving away free lipstick for National Lipstick Day July 29.
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MAC Cosmetics is giving away free lipstick for National Lipstick Day July 29.(Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for MAC Cosmetics)

MAC Cosmetics is giving away free lipstick to commemorate National Lipstick Day.

To snag your tube, which normally retail at about $17, show up to any MAC store or retailer such as Sephora or Ulta.

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Stores will be providing free full-size lipstick Saturday. “There’s no catch,” the company said in a news release, according to Teen Vogue.

This isn’t the first time that the company has given out freebies. Last month, it offered free lip products online and in stores for its #MACLipsLipsLips campaign, which gave fans a chance to scoop some of their favorite MAC goodies.

The lipstick will be available until supplies last.

New garbage patch full of tiny pieces of plastic found in South Pacific

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 8:14 PM

A picture of a sample jar containing examples of the tiny pieces of plastic polluting the Pacific Ocean. The Algalita Marine Research Foundation studies and educates the public about the effects of oceanic micro-plastic pollution on the ocean's ecosystem and marine life.
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A picture of a sample jar containing examples of the tiny pieces of plastic polluting the Pacific Ocean. The Algalita Marine Research Foundation studies and educates the public about the effects of oceanic micro-plastic pollution on the ocean's ecosystem and marine life.(UniversalImagesGroup/UIG via Getty Images)

A huge section of the South Pacific Ocean, 1.5 times the size of Texas, is covered in tiny pieces of plastic smaller than grains of rice.

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A team of scientists, led by Algalita Marine Research and Education scientist Charles Moore, made the discovery during a six month expedition to the remote area. 

Unlike the more well-known garbage gyre in the North Pacific, scientists had not studied the more remote areas in the South Pacific.  

“We discovered tremendous quantities of plastic,” Moore said, in an area possibly “as large as 965,000 square miles.”

“My initial impression is that our samples compared to what we were seeing in the North Pacific in 2007, so it’s about ten years behind,” he said.

Utrecht University oceanographer Erik van Sebille has started a project to track the plastic and how it’s distributed in the oceans.

Once the plastic particles get caught up in the ocean currents, or gyres, it’s almost impossible to clean up, according to van Sebille, who said the best hope is to prevent the pollution in the first place.

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“Gone are the silly notions that you can put nets in the ocean and solve the problem,” Erikson told ResearchGate. “This cloud of microplastics extends both vertically and horizontally. It’s more like smog than a patch. We’re making tremendous progress to clean up smog over our cities by stopping the source. We have to do the same for our seas.”

1 of 2 dogs rescued in Vandalia house fire taken to vet, second runs off

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 5:44 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 7:09 PM

House fire in Vandalia

UPDATE @ 6:55 p.m.: One of two dogs found in the rubble of a Vandalia home damaged by smoke and fire has been taken to an animal hospital and the other ran off as soon as firefighters brought it outside, Fire Chief Chad Follick said. 

The dog that ran off will be fine, the chief said. 

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No humans were injured in the house fire on Long Street, the cause of which is under investigation. 

Flames heavily damaged the first floor of the home and there is lots of smoke damage, Follick said, but it's too soon to estimate the dollar loss to the contents and structure.

A fire investigator has been called to the address. 

The house is not habitable, he said.

UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m.:  Firefighters searching a Vandalia home damaged by fire and smoke have found two dogs alive in the rubble. 

The extent of their injuries is not known.

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Crews are on the scene of a house fire on Long Street in Vandalia. 

Firefighters reported seeing a lot of smoke coming from the house as they arrived just before 5:30 p.m. 

We have a crew on scene.

We will update this developing report.

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