Alabama House Approves Early Literacy Initiative

Alabama House Approves Early Literacy Initiative

Alabama’s youngest students may soon have more support to ensure they are reading on grade level by the time they leave third grade, setting them up for future success.

The House passed a comprehensive early literacy bill, sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins, that would establish the necessary teacher and student supports to ensure students read proficiently by the end of third grade.

“All students deserve the chance to succeed in life. Achieving grade level reading is the foundation that will determine that success. I would like to thank Rep. Terri Collins and A+ Education Partnership for championing this legislation and prioritizing Alabama’s students and their pathway to learn, graduate and succeed.”

Nathan Hoffman, Regional Legislative Director, ExcelinEd in Action

Highlights of HB 388:

  • Teacher training and preparation programs based on the science of reading
  • Early identification of students having reading difficulties
  • Comprehensive reading interventions for K-3 students identified with a reading difficulty and needing more help to become successful readers
  • Additional time and specialized instructional supports struggling readers need to catch up and succeed in fourth grade and beyond

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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