April 16, 2015
Excel National Applauds Nevada Senate for Passing Comprehensive Reading Bill
Bipartisan legislation, the Read by Three Act, passes overwhelmingly to support student learning
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, the Nevada Senate passed the Read by Three Act (SB 391), a comprehensive reading bill to support student achievement. The bill includes early identification and parental notification of reading deficiencies, intensive reading interventions for students in need of additional support and retention at the end of third grade, with more intensive interventions, as a last resort.
Mary Laura Bragg, National Legislative Director for Excellence in Education National (@Excel_National), issued the following statement in support of Read by Three. “Under the visionary leadership of Governor Brian Sandoval and with support from the Nevada legislature and district superintendents, the Silver State is engaging in bold education reforms that will elevate the quality and value education in the state. The Read by Three Act will ensure students have a strong, early start to become proficient readers, building a sound foundation for success in education, career and life. We applaud the bipartisanship of bill sponsors Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, Senate Education Chair Becky Harris, Senator Patricia Farley, Senator Ben Kieckhefer and Senator Joyce Woodhouse and their unwavering dedication to ensuring the children of Nevada have every opportunity to get a world-class education. We look forward to swift action by the Nevada Assembly.”
Learn more about the Read by 3 Act (SB 391):
- Struggling readers must be identified and provided intensive intervention options in early grades to remedy reading deficiencies.
- Parents must be notified each year, starting in kindergarten through third grade, if their child is not reading on grade level.
- Teachers will be provided support and professional development for additional instructional strategies for teaching struggling readers.
- Third graders must demonstrate adequate proficiency before moving on to the fourth grade.
- School districts and charter schools are required to report the number of students retained each year in third grade.