In this information age, acquiring the ability to read and write proficiently is both necessary and crucial for a student’s academic success. It is essential that K-3 students have full access to effective, strategic and purposeful reading and writing instruction using strategies that have been proven to be successful with research and evidence.
Arizona State Statute 15-704 requires school districts and charters to provide effective reading instruction, with initial screening; on-going diagnostic and classroom based reading assessments, and a system to monitor student progress.
Arizona’s revised statute 15-211 requires all school districts and charters with a K-3 program to submit a comprehensive plan for reading instruction and intervention across grade kindergarten through grade three. State funding is provided to schools to support the implementation of their K-3 reading plan. The goal is to have all grade three students in Arizona reading proficiently at grade level.
Arizona Revised Statute 15 – 701 states that if data on the third grade statewide reading assessment is available and demonstrates that a student scored “falls far below” the student shall not be promoted from the third grade. There are two exemptions in Arizona Revised Statute 15-701. In accordance with the new law, a school district governing board or the governing body of a charter school is allowed to promote a student who earns a score of “falls far below” on the third grade statewide reading assessment only for the following reasons:
2015 Legislative Changes (SB 1461) Effective July 3rd, 2015
- The 3rd grade student is an English Language Learner or Limited English Proficient who has received less than two years of English instruction; or
- A 3rd grade student with disabilities has an individualized education plan(IEP), and the IEP-team, which includes the student’s parent/guardian, agrees that promotion is appropriate
- A 3rd grade student is in the process of a special education referral or evaluation for placement in special education and/or students that have been diagnosed as having a significant reading impairment, including dyslexia. (Dyslexia is defined as, a brain-based learning difference that impairs a person's ability to read and spell, that is independent of intelligence and that typically causes a person to read at levels lower than expected.)
SB1461 was signed into law by the Governor and will become effective on July 3rd, 2015. SB1461 amends the MOWR law by expanding the list of students exempt from the retention requirement to include students in the process of a special education referral or evaluation for placement in special education and/or students that have been diagnosed as having a significant reading impairment, including dyslexia. The bill defines “dyslexia” as a brain-based learning difference that impairs a person’s ability to read and spell, that is independent of intelligence and that typically causes a person to read at levels lower than expected.
Additionally SB1461 requires the State Board of Education to adopt rules to allow certificated teachers and administrators to count training for the screening, intervention, accommodation, use of technology and advocacy for students with reading impairments towards continuing education credits.
AzMERIT - Move on When Reading - English
AzMERIT - Move on When Reading - Spanish
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Read on Arizona Guide to Literacy for Arizona Families
The guides below are for any parent or caregiver of an Arizona student in grades birth to age 8. They help parents understand what the Arizona law says about reading requirements for 3rd grade students, the importance of early literacy, the role families play in helping support foundational early reading skills and activities to use at home. The guides also suggests questions and ideas that you can discuss with your school to help your child if he or she is a struggling reader.
Head Start Arizona
Head Start Programs provide high quality early childhood education, nutrition, health,mental health, disabilities,and social services with a strong parent involvement focus. http://www.azed.gov/early-childhood/head-start/
Parent Information Resources Center
Resources are available to better prepare your child/children for success in school, college, career and life. http://www.pta.org/parents/?navItemNumber=506
PTA- Parent Guides to Student Success K-3 in English and Spanish
The Guide includes:
Key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented.
Activities that parents can do at home to support their child’s learning.
Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child’s teacher.
Tips for planning for college and career (high school only).
Parent Guides - Printable Versions English
These guides provide an overview of what your child will learn by the end of each grade level in mathematics and English language arts/literacy.