May 28, 2015
RELEASE: Excel National Applauds Nevada Assembly for Approving the Read by Three Act
Comprehensive Literacy Bill to help students succeed in school
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, the Nevada Assembly passed the Read by Three Act (SB 391); once the Senate concurs, this monumental piece of legislation will be sent to Governor Brian Sandoval for signature. The Read by Three Act unanimously passed the Nevada Senate earlier this month and is a comprehensive reading bill aimed at improving 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:
“Literacy is the key to a bright future. To ensure the success of students, we must demand that every child who sits in kindergarten through third grade classrooms enters fourth grade as a competent reader. Governor Sandoval has made education reform, including the forward-thinking Read by Three Act, a top priority and is taking extraordinary actions to secure the future of the state. We thank Superintendent Dale Erquiaga, Senator Becky Harris, Assemblyman Elliot Anderson and the bipartisan sponsors of the Read by Three Act for their leadership in navigating this critical legislation through both legislative chambers. We look forward to Governor Sandoval signing this meaningful legislation.”
Learn more about the Read by Three Act (SB 391):
- Struggling readers must be identified and provided intensive intervention in early grades to remedy reading deficiencies.
- Parents must be notified each year, kindergarten through third grade, if their child is not reading on grade level.
- Progress monitoring plans must be established for struggling readers, which prescribes the interventions that the school will provide to address their reading needs.
- Teachers will be provided learning strategists support and professional development for additional instructional strategies for teaching struggling readers.
- Third graders must demonstrate adequate proficiency before moving on to fourth grade.
- Retained third graders receive a different course of action with more intensive interventions.
- School districts and charter schools are required to report the number of students retained each year in third grade.
For more information visit www.ExcelNational.org.