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.”

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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.

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Dayton high-rise project faces deadline today, risks losing $5M in tax credits

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 6:03 AM

Centre city facts

A group that wants to redevelop a high-rise office building in a prominent part of downtown Dayton has until the end of today to provide evidence to the state that it is making progress on the project.

The new owner of the Centre City building, 40 S. Main St., was awarded $5 million in state historic preservation tax credits in December 2016.

RELATED: 5 things to know about the $46M plan for downtown Dayton building

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The ownership group Centre City Partners at the time said it would spend about $46 million to transform the 21-story building into market-rate apartments, ground-floor commercial space and other amenities.

But groups that have been awarded state historic tax credits are required to provide to the state “sufficient evidence of reviewable progress” about their projects 18 months after their applications are approved.

The Ohio Development Services Agency earlier this month sent a message to the developers saying they have until July 20 to provide proof of ownership or leaseholder interest and evidence that they’ve secured financing for the project.

Failure to provide that information could result in the state rescinding the tax credits. The Fire Blocks in downtown Dayton also faced a similar deadline after failing to get to work on its rehab project.

RELATED: What if Dayton street could look like Chicago’s ‘Magnificent Mile’?

Centre City Partners was incorporated by Virginia-based First Developers LLC. The developers are members of American Investor Immigration Funds LLC, based in Virginia.

American Investor Immigration Funds specializes in utilizing a federal investment program that puts foreign investors on the fast track to getting a green card if they fund U.S. business ventures that create jobs.

In 2017, the vice president of the group told this news outlet that they had secured about $6.5 million in funding through the federal program for the building’s rehab.

Dayton development officials and leaders have said that the Centre City building is in an important part of the city, because it is just across the street from the Levitt Pavilion Dayton.

The new state-of-the-art music venue is under construction and begins hosting concerts next month.

Located in the heart of downtown, the Centre City building’s redevelopment also was supposed to build momentum, given that it is also right across Main Street from the Dayton Arcade.

City officials and development officials envision turning South Main Street into a thriving area with retail, pubs, eateries, sidewalk cafes and attractive streetscapes, reminiscent of Chicago’s ‘Magnificent Mile’ — North Michigan Avenue.

This news outlet have reached out to the company for comment and will update the story with additional information.

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Miami Twp. school making history with new $4.1 million gym construction

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 6:44 AM

            Dayton Christian School is set to start building its first gymnasium, $4.1 million addition to its 43.5-acre campus at the intersection of Spring Valley and Washington Church roads in Miami Twp. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Dayton Christian School is set to start building its first gymnasium, $4.1 million addition to its 43.5-acre campus at the intersection of Spring Valley and Washington Church roads in Miami Twp. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Dayton Christian School is expected to start construction on its first gymnasium soon — perhaps as soon as today.

The 55-year-old school has announced a contractor for the $4.1 million addition to its 43.5-acre campus at the intersection of Spring Valley and Washington Church roads in Miami Twp.

RELATED: New details on Dayton Christian plans to build gym

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WENCO Construction Co. was picked to build the gym, to be called the Warrior Center, school officials said. The 12,000-square-foot building is expected to take about 10 months to complete, according to the school.

The school raised $3.3 million for the project, and officials hope to raise an additional $800,000 to fund amenities.


“We don’t need these features to enjoy the gym for physical education or sports, but their addition would certainly make the project a well-rounded space,” said John Gredy, head of school for Dayton Christian.

Last year, the school announced plans to raise $4.6 million to build a 31,000-square-foot gym seating 600 at a site closer to the northern end of the property, but fundraising fell short of the goal, so the plans changed.

A change approved by Miami Twp. this month will allow the new gym to be built toward the site’s southern end, just north of the baseball field.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 5:16 AM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:14 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic.

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Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and NEWS 95.7 WHIO.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On westbound U.S. 35 at Steve Whalen Boulevard, report of a crash. The left lanes are blocked.
  • On northbound I-75 at Dryden Road in Moraine, crash reported around 7:40 a.m. The crash cleared a short time later and all lanes are reportedly open, ODOT confirms. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • In the 1900 block of Buck Creek Lane in Springfield, a convertible mustang doing donuts lost control of the vehicle and landed in the woods, officials say. No injuries were reported.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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  • On West Wenger Road in Englewood, contractors will begin a water main replacement project. One lane of traffic will be maintained in either direction on West Wenger Road between Fallview Avenue and Arcadia Boulevard. One-thousand feet of water main will be replaced, Englewood police say.
  • Valley Street between Stanley Avenue and Brandt Street will be closed for reconstruction through late October. This is the first phase of a project to reconstruct Valley Street from Stanley Avenue to Rita Street.
  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-70 east Ramp to SR 235 north, RAMP CLOSURE July 16 - September 28. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north to I-70 west to SR 235 north. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west
  • I-75 between SR 48 and Needmore Road, Nightly lane closures April 29 - July 31 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Will become double lane closures at 10 p.m. 
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 235 north at the I-70 interchange, ROAD CLOSURE July 16 - September 28. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north to I-70 west to SR 235 north. 
  • SR 4 south between I-70 and Lower Valley Pike, Lane closure July 9 - 27. Two southbound lanes will remain open. 


  • State Route 235 between Dayton Yellow Springs and Enon Roads, ROAD CLOSURE for six months. The official detour is U.S. 68, West Hyde, and West Enon Roads.
  • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 



  • I-75 between CR 25A (Tipp City) and Eldean Road, Lane closures June 18 - Aug. 31. One lane will remain open at all times. These closures will not be in effect Friday mornings - Sunday afternoons. 
  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • US 36 between Scott Drive and Aerovent Drive, Lane closure April 26 - Aug. 31. 


  • SR 571 between Palestine Union City Road and Fisher Dangler Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE July 23 - Aug. 14. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 47 to Indiana SR 28 to Indiana SR 32 to SR 571.
  • Arcanum Bears-Mill Road between Folkerth Road and Erisman Road, ROAD CLOSURE June 4 - Aug. 3. The official detour is: SR 49 to US 36/US 127 to US 36
  • SR 49 between Rossburg Lightsville Road and SR 47, Daily lane closures June 18 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • Sweitzer Street/ West Fourth Street between Pine Street and Sycamore Street, ROAD CLOSURE May 21 - May 31, 2019. The official detour is: Pine Street to Washington Avenue to Broadway.
  • US 36/US 127 between Hogpath Road and Horatio- Harris Creek Road, Daily lane closures April 30 - Aug. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.


  • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 


  • SR 48 between Russia Versailles Road and SR 66, Daily lane closures July 3 - 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.  


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north
  • Spangler Road south between Restoration Drive and I-70, Traffic pattern switch March 26 - Aug. 15. Southbound Spangler Road traffic going to I-675 south and I-70 east will be moved to northbound side of I-675. Traffic will then be redirected to the southbound side of I-675 after passing over I-70. 


  • SR 560 between SR 29 and US 36, Daily lane closures June 25 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction using flaggers.
  • US 36 between Zimmerman Road and Kite Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE June 11 - Aug. 10. The official detour is: SR 235 to SR 29 to SR 560.


  • SR 540 between US 33 and CR 25S, Daily lane closures June 18 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 
  • SR 235 between T-192 and T-47, Lane closures June 4 - July 31 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction using flaggers.
  • SR 117 between SR 274 and T-37, Lane closures June 4 - July 31 between 7 a.m and 4 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction using flaggers. 


  • SR 196 between SR 67 and Auglaize County Line Road, Daily lane closures June 19 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction using flaggers. 
  • US 33 between SR 29 and I-75, Daily lane closures March 26 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 

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Army pilot surprises dog after return from six-month deployment

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:15 AM

Spc. Nicholas Moyte, U.S. Army
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A six-month separation because of deployment has come to an end with a slobbery surprise.

Zach Vohaska was deployed to Afghanistan, WFLD reported. During his tour of duty, he had to leave Buddy behind. 

When he got home, he decided he needed to surprise his four-footed friend, so he hid under a pile of blankets on the family couch, Fox News reported

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Buddy realized that he knew that smell and started nosing more and more under the blankets. 

When he realized it was Vohaska, the tail didn’t stop wagging and Buddy jumped up to hug and lick his owner. 

The heartwarming moment was caught on video.

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