Arizona Legislature Increases Early Literacy Support for Students

Arizona Legislature Increases Early Literacy Support for Students

Arizona’s students will have more support to ensure they are prepared for success by reading at grade level by the time they leave third grade.

Last night, Arizona lawmakers gave final approval to several improvements to the Move On When Reading law, the state’s comprehensive K-3 reading law that ensures students receive intensive interventions when needed and demonstrate sufficient reading skills by the end of third grade.

Highlights of HB 2520, sponsored by Rep. Doug Coleman:

  • Requires schools to use evidence-based strategies to support struggling readers in grades K-3
  • Strengthens teacher training requirements for reading instruction
  • Ensures early literacy funds are used in a targeted way to expand, enhance and support the components of a school’s reading plan

“A strong reading program, beginning in kindergarten and continuing into third grade and beyond, gives students the best possible chance to maximize their education. ExcelinEd in Action thanks Gov. Doug Ducey, Rep. Coleman and Stand for Children for prioritizing Arizona’s students and their pathway to successfully learn, graduate and earn.”

Alexandra Dominguez, ExcelinEd in Action Regional Legislative Director

The bill now goes to Gov. Doug Ducey for his signature.

For more information on the importance of early literacy, please visit the ExcelinEd policy library.