Schools is teaming up with the Perrysburg Heights Community Center to keep
students moving on to the next grade level.
"Anyone who does
not pass that test is retained in third grade," said Perrysburg Executive
Director of Teaching and Learning Kadee Anstadt.
The test Anstadt
spoke about is the Ohio Achievement Assessment. This is the first year the
state will require districts to hold back third grade students who do not pass.
To help make sure everyone passes, the district is offering the "Little Jackets
Academic Camp" this summer in conjunction with the Perrysburg Heights Community
Center. The 8 week program will focus on reading.
reading and the literacy, it's STEM focused. These are students that might not
have those summer experiences and don't build the academic vocabulary that
their peers might have," said Anstadt.
"We do have
younger children who really, by third grade, can't read anything and it's a
shame but with this kind of program it will give them a boost especially if we
can keep it continuing," said Perrysburg Heights Community Center Director
The district plans
to notify the parents of students who qualify. About 50 students from pre-kindergarten
to third grade have already registered.
Schools says it has budgeted $50,000 for the program, but still needs to raise
half of that money.