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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Wu-Tang Clan member gives monster shout-out to Dayton bar’s warning to ‘parents and prudes’

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

A sign posted at Barrel House warns parents and prudes that unedited hip hop will be played  for Wu Tang (Clan) Wednesdays.
A sign posted at Barrel House warns parents and prudes that unedited hip hop will be played for Wu Tang (Clan) Wednesdays.

If you need proof that a downtown Dayton business ain’t nothing to (bleep) with, turn to RZA’s Facebook page. 

The member of the legendary hip-hop squad Wu-Tang Clan gave The Barrel House, 417 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton, a shout-out for the record books on Friday night. 

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As we first told you in December,  the bar’s owners, Gus Stathes and his  fiancée Sara Levin, are major Wu-Tang fans.

They launched Wu-Tang Wednesdays with the following posted warning:

“Dear Parents and Prudes, 

We will be playing unedited hip hop all day today for Wu-Tang Wednesday. Due to the nature of the music, there may be language which may offend you or your kids. 

Unless of course you take parenting advice from Ol’ Dirty Bastard, in which case — WU-TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN.”


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The Barrel House’s notice somehow made it to RZA and he responded by posting a photo of the Barrel House’s  sign on his official Facebook page with the  sentence “Wu Tang is for the children.”

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Sara Levin and Gus Stathes, owners of The Barrel House in downtown Dayton. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

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Underground tunnels among unique features of 2018 Homearama homes

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 7:00 AM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:41 AM

Homearama 2018 at Highlands at Heritage Hill in Warren County’s Union Twp.

Highlands at Heritage Hill at 3284 Columbia Road, Union Twp., marks the 17th time Homearama is being held in Warren County. This year’s Homearama features 10 homes ranging in cost from $1 million to more than $2 million.

MORE: Take a virtual tour through the Homearama homes

Here are some of the more unique features and trends we saw during a sneak-peek tour of Homearama, which opens Saturday, July 21:

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MORE: Everything to know about this year’s Homearama in Warren County

1. Multi-generational homes

Homearama, until this year, has never featured multi-generational homes. This year it features two, both of them by High Pointe Custom Homes.

“These are actually two of the first multi-generational homes that have been built in this region and in the Midwest, for that matter,” said Dan Dressman, executive director for Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. “What it allows is two or three different families — it could be the in-laws, kids, cousins — they all live in different sections of the house … and then they’re joined together.

In the case of Heritage A (6,475 square feet) and Heritage B (2,705 square feet), a 32-foot underground hall runs between the two homes.

The underground hall connecting the The Heritage A and B homes by High Pointe Custom Homes. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

Constructed using a prefabricated concrete bridge structure, the hall is decorated to look like a combination beer hall/wine cellar with giant casks lining each wall, wooden picnic-style tables and benches as well as solid wood, double-arched doors with a speakeasy window into the wine room.

The Lighthouse is a 6,165-square-foot home connected by a secret passageway in a parlor room just off the entrance. A spiral staircase in that same room leads to a second-story crow’s nest.

2. Frontyard social spaces

Rather than sequester family and friends in the backyard for social gatherings, two Homearama 2018 homes put such spaces in the front of the property.

The Ashby Manor by Wieland Builders boasts a Southern style, with a wraparound front porch with a wood-burning fireplace. French doors open the space to the dining room.

Entertaining moves to the front yard at The Homegrown by High Pointe Custom Homes that is part of Homearama 2018, Highlands at Heritage Hill, in Warren County’s Union Twp.   (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

The Homegrown by High Pointe Custom Homes puts a fire pit in the middle of a circular driveway in front of the residence. That rarely-found feature allows a homeowner to invite passing neighbors to sit and socialize and, on Halloween, a unique way to ensure trick-or-treaters don’t have far to go to score some candy, according to the builder.

3. Second-floor living rooms

While living rooms once were relegated to the main or lower levels, several Homearama 2018 homes add mini-gathering spaces on the second floor, giving a social aspect to an area once thought only worthy of bedrooms.

4. Refrigerators in pantries

Refrigerators, once the staple of kitchens and basement “man caves,” are fast becoming fixtures of walk-in pantries, as well, assuring meal maker or party planners additional space for lesser-used items.

5. Movie theaters, billiards rooms

Most of the homes at Homearama 2018 feature lower-level getaway spaces meant to give family and friends a place to unwind and have fun.

A media room in The Ashby Manor by Wieland Builders at Homearama. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)
Stonewood, by Frazier Homes, takes that sentiment one step further. Following a meal, guests can settle into the lower-level media room or gather in the billiards room or recreation room, which features a bar and built-in booth. There’s a television over the bar, one in the billiards room and three in the main recreation area.

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Heart doctor for former President H.W. Bush killed in bicycle drive-by shooting

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Former President George H.W. Bush waves with his cardiologist, Mark Hausknecht, after a news conference in Houston in 2000. Hausknecht was shot and killed by a fellow bicyclist Friday, July 20, 2018, while riding through a Houston medical complex.
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Former President George H.W. Bush waves with his cardiologist, Mark Hausknecht, after a news conference in Houston in 2000. Hausknecht was shot and killed by a fellow bicyclist Friday, July 20, 2018, while riding through a Houston medical complex.(David J. Phillip, AP)

A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was shot and killed Friday in a bicycle drive-by shooting near Texas Medical Center in Houston.

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Police said Dr. Mark Hausknecht, 65, was riding his bicycle near Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women just before 9 a.m. on Friday when he was shot by another bicyclist going in the other direction, Houston Police tweeted.

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The man fired two shots at Hausknecht before taking off on his bike, police said.

Hausknecht was on his way to work at the time, KTRK reported. A witness flagged down a private ambulance driving by the scene. Emergency crews rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Investigators do not know if the shooting was random or targeted, or possibly the result of road rage.

Jim McGrath, spokesperson for former President H.W. Bush, 94, issued a statement on Twitter.

“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” President Bush said in the statement. “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”

The suspect in the shooting is still at large, CNN reports. He is described as a 30-year-old white or Hispanic man, wearing a tan baseball cap, grey jacket, khaki shorts and riding a light-colored mountain bicycle. 

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Transgender woman says CVS pharmacist refused to fill hormone prescriptions

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:19 AM

Transgender woman Hilde Hall said a pharmacist at a CVS store in Phoenix, Arizona, refused to fill her hormone prescriptions. CVS said that employee has since been fired.
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Transgender woman Hilde Hall said a pharmacist at a CVS store in Phoenix, Arizona, refused to fill her hormone prescriptions. CVS said that employee has since been fired.(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A transgender woman in Phoenix has filed a formal complaint against CVS with the Arizona Board of Pharmacy, after she said a pharmacist refused to fill her hormone prescriptions and humiliated her in front of other customers.

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In a blog on the ACLU of Arizona website, Hilde Hall said it was the first time she filled the prescription for hormone therapy.

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“I was finally going to start seeing my body reflect my gender identity and the woman I’ve always known myself to be,” Hall said.

Hall said the pharmacist loudly questioned her need for the medication and wouldn’t give her a clear reason why he wouldn’t fill the prescription, KSAZ reports.

“I nearly started crying in the middle of the store. I didn’t want to answer why I had been prescribed this hormone therapy combination by my doctor,” Hall wrote. “I felt like the pharmacist was trying to out me as transgender in front of strangers. I just froze and worked on holding back the tears.”

Hall also said the pharmacist refused to give her back the doctor’s note so that she could go to another pharmacy. 

Hall said she called the CVS customer service complaint line twice, and when she didn’t hear back, she filed a complaint with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.

CVS said in a statement to CNN the pharmacist violated company policy and has been fired. 

Steve Kilar, communications director with the ACLU of Arizona, said CVS spoke with Hilde over the phone on Friday after the incident.

The ACLU of Arizona issued the following statement:

“Hilde appreciates that CVS took her experience seriously. She spoke with a CVS representative today who offered a sincere apology on behalf the company and said that the pharmacist who mistreated Hilde acted outside of the company’s guidelines. Hilde hopes that CVS will make its nondiscrimination policies public, so that transgender and non-binary customers have some assurance the corporation will take appropriate action if similar discrimination occurs in the future.”

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