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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio House is ready to approve proposed changes to a new state program that requires students to be proficient readers before leaving third grade.

Responding to concern among school districts, representatives agreed to changes in committee Tuesday.

Those changes include revised qualifications for teaching under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee that are intended to expand the eligible pool of participating teachers.

A floor vote on the revised measure was set for Wednesday.

That would send the bill back to the Senate.

School districts and teachers had expressed concern over meeting the mandate with existing staff and resources.

Under the program, students must meet a proficiency target in reading before moving on to fourth grade.

JULIE CARR SMYTH