About half of Massillon third-graders failed the state’s October reading test.

Schools across Stark County and Ohio are getting a glimpse today of the number of third-grade student who may be at risk for being held back next school year.

State Department of Education figures show that half of Massillon City Schools’ third-graders did not meet the state’s new reading standards.

Half of the district’s third-graders lag behind in reading skills, failing the state’s October reading assessment test.

State numbers show 273 students took the test with 136 failing in Massillon Schools.

Canton City was the worst performing school district in Stark County with 64 percent of the third-graders failing the test.

Across the state, roughly a third of third-graders scored below proficient levels on the new, tougher reading test.

Under the state’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee, students can be held back if they don’t meet tough new reading targets. Statewide, third-graders were tested in October. The students will take the test again in the spring.

State results showed 32,905 students, or 26.2 percent of those who took the fall reading test, fell below the basic literacy level.