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9.7.P.1 Basic Instructional Program

Section 9.7 - Policy



For students in kindergarten (K) and grades one (1) through three (3), the District shall:
  • select and administer screening, ongoing diagnostic and classroom based instructional reading assessments, including motivational assessments, as defined by the State Board of Education, 
  • conduct a curriculum evaluation,
  • adopt a scientifically based reading curriculum including the essentials of reading instruction,
  • provide ongoing teacher training based on scientifically based reading research,
  • devote reasonable amounts of time to explicit instruction and independent reading, 
  • provide intensive reading instruction as defined by the State Board of Education to each student who does not meet or exceed the Arizona Standards Assessment, and 
  • review its reading program and take corrective action as specified by the State Board of Education whenever more than twenty percent (20%) of the third grade students do not meet the Arizona Standards Assessment.
  • ensure that on or before July 1, 2021, at least one (1) kindergarten through third (K-3) grade teacher in each school has received training related to dyslexia that complies with the requirements prescribed in A.R.S. 15-219 and A.R.S. 15-501.01 which includes enabling teachers to understand and recognize dyslexia and to implement structured literacy instruction that is systematic, explicit, multisensory and evidence-based to meet the educational needs of students with dyslexia.
  • ​ensure that, within forty-five (45) calendar days after the beginning of each school year or within forty-five (45) calendar days after a student enrollment occurs after the first (1st) day of school, every student who is enrolled in a kindergarten program or grade one in a public school in this state is screened for indicators of dyslexia, using the Department of Education (D.O.E.) dyslexia screening plan (the screening for indicators of dyslexia may be integrated with reading proficiency screenings as prescribed by the D.O.E.);
  • provide notifications to parents of students who are identified as having indicators of dyslexia based on a screening for indicators; and
  • ensure that screening for indicators of dyslexia includes phonological and phonemic awareness, rapid naming skills, correspondence between sounds and letters, nonsense word repetition, and sound symbol recognition.


September 25, in each year, shall be observed as Sandra Day O'Connor Civics Celebration Day, which is not a legal holiday. On Sandra Day O'Connor Civics Celebration Day, each Dysart school  shall dedicate the majority of the school day to civics education.

If Sandra Day O'Connor Civics Celebration Day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or other day when a public school is not in session, the preceding or following school day shall be observed in the public school as the holiday.

The Superintendent is directed to emphasize the use of the resources developed by the State Board of Education relating to civics education which align with the academic standards in social studies pursuant to A.R.S.15-701 and 15-701.01.