Nebraska’s Youngest Students Receive Boost Toward Being “Ready Readers”

Nebraska’s Youngest Students Receive Boost Toward Being “Ready Readers”

Nebraska’s youngest students may soon have more support to ensure they are prepared for success by reading at grade level by the time they leave third grade.

Last night, Sen. Lou Ann Linehan proposed, and lawmakers accepted, an amendment to LB 1081 that would address early literacy issues.  Nebraska’s lawmakers will vote on the bill two more times before sending it to the Governor for signature.

Studies show that children who are not reading on grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of school, and high school dropouts are not eligible for 90 percent of the jobs in this economy.

Highlights of Sen. Linehan’s early literacy amendment:

  • Creates early literacy screening to identify students with potential reading difficulties.
  • Notification is required for parents of students identified with a reading difficulty in K-3.
  • Individual reading plans would be developed with parents/guardians that prescribe research-based reading interventions that will be provided to the student.
  • Parents will receive reading strategies to support their children at home.

Offers access to summer reading camps for struggling readers.

“All students deserve the chance to succeed in life, and achieving reading proficiency is the foundation that will determine that success. I want to thank Governor Pete Ricketts, Senators Lou Ann Linehan, Patty Pansing Brooks and so many more for prioritizing Nebraska’s students and their pathway to learn, graduate and earn.”

Kim Preston, ExcelinEd in Action Regional Legislative Director

For more information on the importance of early literacy, please visit the ExcelinEd policy library and read Gov. Ricketts’ column here.