Alabama Senate Passes Landmark Legislation to Support Early Literacy

Alabama Senate Passes Landmark Legislation to Support Early Literacy

Yesterday, the Alabama Senate passed early literacy legislation to ensure more students are reading on grade level before entering fourth grade. HB 388, sponsored by Representative Terri Collins, establishes a comprehensive early literacy curriculum that will provide additional supports for schools, teachers and struggling readers.

“Alabama legislators put the needs of students first when they cast their vote for this important legislation. Reading is the gateway to learning. By fourth grade, students need to be ready to transition from learning to read, to reading to learn. We thank Senator Arthur Orr, Representative Terri Collins and A+ Education Partnership for championing this life-changing program.”

Nathan Hoffman, Regional Legislative Director, ExcelinEd in Action

Highlights of HB 388:

  • Teacher training and preparation programs based on the science of reading instruction
  • Early identification of students with reading difficulties
  • Comprehensive reading interventions and support for struggling readers in early grades
  • Additional time and specialized instruction to help struggling readers catch up and succeed in fourth grade and beyond

The bill now heads to Governor Kay Ivey for her signature.

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