Bill Text For SB0601 - House Floor Version

 1|              HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - FLOOR VERSION                 |
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 2|                          STATE OF OKLAHOMA                            |
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 3|             1st Session of the 57th Legislature (2019)                |
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 4|ENGROSSED SENATE                                                       |
  |BILL NO. 601                         By: Stanislawski of the Senate    |
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  |                                         Nollan of the House           |
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 9|       An Act relating to the Reading Sufficiency Act;                 |
  |       amending 70 O.S. 2011, Section 1210.508B, as last               |
10|       amended by Section 6, Chapter 360, O.S.L. 2016 (70              |
  |       O.S. Supp. 2018, Section 1210.508B), which relates to           |
11|       the purpose of the Reading Sufficiency Act; modifying           |
  |       language directing school districts to ensure                   |
12|       students receive an education focused on reading and            |
  |       mathematics; removing language establishing certain             |
13|       goal; removing language regarding recognition of                |
  |       certain schools; amending 70 O.S. 2011, Section                 |
14|       1210.508C, as last amended by Section 1, Chapter 213,           |
  |       O.S.L. 2017 (70 O.S. Supp. 2018, Section 1210.508C),            |
15|       which relates to programs of reading instruction;               |
  |       requiring students in kindergarten to be screened for           |
16|       reading skills at certain frequency; requiring                  |
  |       certain program of reading instruction to be provided           |
17|       to certain kindergarten students; requiring certain             |
  |       program of reading instruction to be provided to                |
18|       certain first, second and third grade students;                 |
  |       modifying criteria which certain screening instrument           |
19|       must meet; directing supplemental instructional                 |
  |       services and supports to be provided to certain first           |
20|       or second grade students; establishing minimum                  |
  |       criteria for grade-level performance of certain                 |
21|       students pursuant to certain act; directing the State           |
  |       Board of Education to use only certain scores to                |
22|       determine promotion and retention of certain                    |
  |       students; requiring performance levels set by the               |
23|       Commission for Educational Quality and Accountability           |
  |       to ensure certain criteria; modifying criteria for              |
24|       consideration of probationary promotion; allowing               |
  |       students subject to probationary promotion to be                |
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 1|       transitioned to certain remediation plan; modifying             |
  |       references; modifying criteria for good-cause                   |
 2|       exemption for certain students; modifying review to             |
  |       be conducted by school districts; modifying criteria            |
 3|       under which a student may be promoted midyear;                  |
  |       modifying components of certain initiative; modifying           |
 4|       references to certain performance; removing                     |
  |       requirement for certain report on certain student               |
 5|       progress; modifying date by which certain report is             |
  |       due; modifying components of report; providing an               |
 6|       effective date; and declaring an emergency.                     |
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 9|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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10|    SECTION 1.     AMENDATORY     70 O.S. 2011, Section 1210.508B,     |
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11|as last amended by Section 6, Chapter 360, O.S.L. 2016 (70 O.S.        |
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12|Supp. 2018, Section 1210.508B), is amended to read as follows:         |
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13|    Section 1210.508B.  A.  The Legislature finds that it is           |
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14|essential for children in the public schools to read early and well    |
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15|in elementary school.  The Legislature further finds that clear and    |
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16|visible goals, assessments to determine the reading level at each      |
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17|elementary school, annual measurements of elementary school reading    |
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18|improvement, and accountability in each level of the educational       |
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19|system will result in a significant increase in the number of          |
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20|children reading at or above grade level.                              |
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21|    B.  The purpose of the Reading Sufficiency Act is to ensure that   |
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22|each child attains the necessary reading skills by completion of the   |
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23|third grade which will enable that student to continue development     |
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24|of reading skills and to succeed throughout school and life.           |
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 1|    C.  Each public school district in this state shall ensure that    |
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 2|a majority of the instructional time each day of the school year in    |
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 3|kindergarten through third grade is focused on all students receive    |
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 4|a well-rounded education that is focused on building deep              |
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 5|foundations in reading and mathematics.  The State Board of            |
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 6|Education shall encourage school districts to integrate the teaching   |
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 7|of the other curricular areas in the subject matter standards          |
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 8|adopted by the Board with the instruction of reading and               |
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 9|mathematics.  All teachers of reading in the public schools in this    |
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10|state in kindergarten through third grade shall incorporate into       |
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11|instruction the five elements of reading instruction which are         |
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12|phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, and          |
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13|comprehension.                                                         |
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14|    D.  The reading goal for Oklahoma public schools is as follows:    |
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15|By July 1, 2008, and each year thereafter, all third-grade students    |
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16|will read at or above grade level by the end of their third-grade      |
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17|year, excluding up to fifteen percent (15%) of those students who      |
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18|have an individualized education program (IEP), pursuant to the        |
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19|Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and excluding      |
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20|those students who are English language learners who have been         |
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21|determined not to be proficient in English as defined by a             |
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22|state-designated English proficiency assessment.  To achieve the       |
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23|reading goal, each public elementary school shall:                     |
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 1|    1.  Determine its baseline no later than September 1, 2005,        |
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 2|which shall be the percentage of students reading at or above          |
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 3|third-grade level as determined by the percentage of students          |
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 4|scoring proficient or above on the third-grade assessment in           |
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 5|reading, administered pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title;      |
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 6|and                                                                    |
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 7|    2.  Set and achieve annual improvement goals necessary to          |
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 8|progress from the baseline established in 2005 to the reading goal     |
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 9|by July 1, 2008.  The annual improvement goals shall be included in    |
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10|the district's reading sufficiency plan required in Section            |
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11|1210.508C of this title.                                               |
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12|    E.  The State Board of Education shall recognize schools and       |
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13|districts that attain or make progress toward achieving the reading    |
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14|goal and shall provide technical assistance to schools and districts   |
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15|that do not make progress toward the reading goal.  The district       |
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16|reading sufficiency plan shall be submitted to the State Board if      |
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17|the district has any schools that are not achieving the required       |
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18|annual improvement goals pursuant to this section.                     |
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19|    SECTION 2.     AMENDATORY     70 O.S. 2011, Section 1210.508C,     |
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20|as last amended by Section 1, Chapter 213, O.S.L. 2017 (70 O.S.        |
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21|Supp. 2018, Section 1210.508C), is amended to read as follows:         |
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22|    Section 1210.508C.  A.  1.  Each student enrolled in               |
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23|kindergarten in a public school in this state shall be screened at     |
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24|the beginning, middle and end of each school year for reading skills   |
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 1|including, but not limited to, phonemic awareness, letter              |
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 2|recognition, and oral language skills as identified in the subject     |
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 3|matter standards adopted by the State Board of Education.  A           |
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 4|screening instrument approved by the State Board shall be utilized     |
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 5|for the purposes of this section.                                      |
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 6|    2.  For those kindergarten children at risk for reading            |
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 7|difficulties at the beginning of the year, teachers shall emphasize    |
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 8|reading skills as identified in the subject matter standards adopted   |
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 9|by the State Board of Education, monitor progress throughout the       |
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10|year and measure mid-year and year-end reading progress.               |
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11|    3.  Kindergarten students who are not meeting grade-level          |
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12|targets by mid-year in reading shall be provided a program of          |
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13|reading instruction designed to enable the student to acquire the      |
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14|appropriate grade-level reading skills.                                |
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15|    4.  Classroom assistants, which may include parents,               |
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16|grandparents, or other volunteers, shall be provided in kindergarten   |
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17|classes to assist with the screening of students if a teacher aide     |
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18|is not already employed to assist in a kindergarten classroom.         |
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19|    B.  1.  Each student enrolled in kindergarten, first, second and   |
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20|third grade of the public schools of this state shall be assessed at   |
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21|the beginning, middle and end of each school year using a screening    |
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22|instrument approved by the State Board of Education for the            |
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23|acquisition of reading skills including, but not limited to,           |
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 1|phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, and          |
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 2|comprehension.                                                         |
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 3|    2. C.  Any student enrolled in first, second or third grade who    |
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 4|is assessed and found not to be reading at the appropriate grade       |
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 5|level who is not meeting grade-level targets in reading shall be       |
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 6|provided a program of reading instruction designed to enable the       |
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 7|student to acquire the appropriate grade level reading skills.  The    |
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 8|program of reading instruction shall include provisions of the READ    |
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 9|Initiative adopted by the school district as provided for in           |
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10|subsection O P of this section.                                        |
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11|    3.  Throughout the year progress monitoring shall continue, and    |
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12|diagnostic assessment, if determined appropriate, shall be provided.   |
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13| Year-end reading skills shall be measured to determine reading        |
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14|success.                                                               |
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15|    C. D.  The State Board of Education shall approve screening        |
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16|instruments for use at the beginning and end of the school year, for   |
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17|monitoring of progress, and for measurement of reading skills at the   |
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18|end of the school year as required in subsections A and B of this      |
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19|section; provided, at least one of the screening instruments shall     |
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20|meet the following criteria:                                           |
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21|    1.  Assess for phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency,       |
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22|vocabulary and comprehension;                                          |
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23|    2.  Document the validity and reliability of each assessment;      |
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 1|    3.  Can be used for diagnosis identifying students who are at      |
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 2|risk for reading deficiency and progress monitoring throughout the     |
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 3|school year;                                                           |
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 4|    4.  Can be used to assess special education and limited-English-   |
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 5|proficient students with disabilities and English language learners;   |
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 6|and                                                                    |
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 7|    5.  Accompanied by a data management system that provides          |
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 8|profiles for students, class, grade level and school building.  The    |
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 9|profiles shall identify each student's instructional point of need     |
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10|and reading achievement level.  The State Board shall also determine   |
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11|other comparable reading assessments for diagnostic purposes and for   |
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12|periodic and post assessments to be used for students at risk of       |
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13|reading failure.  The State Board shall ensure that any assessments    |
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14|approved are in alignment with the subject matter standards adopted    |
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15|by the State Board of Education.                                       |
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16|    D. E.  1.  The program of reading instruction required in          |
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17|subsection subsections A and B of this section shall align with the    |
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18|subject matter standards adopted by the State Board of Education and   |
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19|shall include provisions of the READ Initiative adopted by the         |
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20|school district as provided for in subsection O P of this section.     |
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21|A program of reading instruction may include, but is not limited to:   |
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22|         a.    sufficient additional in-school instructional time      |
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23|              for the acquisition of phonemic awareness, phonics,      |
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24|              reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension,          |
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 1|         b.    if necessary, tutorial instruction after regular        |
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 2|              school hours, on Saturdays and during summer; however,   |
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 3|              such instruction may not be counted toward the           |
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 4|              one-hundred-eighty-day or one-thousand-eighty-hour       |
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 5|              school year required in Section 1-109 of this title,     |
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 6|              and                                                      |
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 7|         c.    assessments identified for diagnostic purposes and      |
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 8|              periodic monitoring to measure the acquisition of        |
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 9|              reading skills including, but not limited to, phonemic   |
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10|              awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, and     |
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11|              comprehension, as identified in the student's program    |
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12|              of reading instruction.                                  |
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13|    2.  A student enrolled in first or second grades who has been      |
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14|assessed as provided for in subsection B of this section and found     |
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15|not to be reading at the corresponding grade level meeting             |
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16|grade-level targets in reading, shall be entitled to individualized    |
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17|remediation supplemental instructional services and supports in        |
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18|reading until the student is determined by the results of a            |
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19|screening instrument to be reading on grade level meeting              |
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20|grade-level targets in reading.  The program of reading instruction    |
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21|for each student shall be developed by a Student Reading Proficiency   |
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22|Team and shall include individualized remediation supplemental         |
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23|instructional services and supports.  Each team shall be composed      |
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24|of:                                                                    |
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 1|         a.    the parent or guardian of the student,                  |
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 2|         b.    the teacher assigned to the student who had             |
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 3|              responsibility for reading instruction in that           |
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 4|              academic year,                                           |
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 5|         c.    a teacher who is responsible for reading instruction    |
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 6|              and is assigned to teach in the next grade level of      |
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 7|              the student, and                                         |
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 8|         d.    a certified reading specialist, if one is available.    |
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 9|    E. F.  The program of reading instruction shall continue until     |
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10|the student is determined by the results of approved reading           |
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11|assessments to be reading on grade level meeting grade-level           |
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12|targets.                                                               |
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13|    F. G.  1.  Every school district shall adopt, and implement a      |
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14|district reading sufficiency plan which has had input from school      |
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15|administrators, teachers, and parents and if possible a reading        |
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16|specialist, and which shall be submitted electronically to and         |
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17|approved by the State Board of Education.  The plan shall be updated   |
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18|annually.  School districts shall not be required to electronically    |
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19|submit the annual updates to the Board if the last plan submitted to   |
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20|the Board was approved and expenditures for the program include only   |
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21|expenses relating to individual and small group tutoring, purchase     |
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22|of and training in the use of screening and assessment measures,       |
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23|summer school programs and Saturday school programs.  If any           |
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24|expenditure for the program is deleted or changed or any other type    |
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 1|of expenditure for the program is implemented, the school district     |
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 2|shall be required to submit the latest annual update to the Board      |
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 3|for approval.  The district reading sufficiency plan shall include a   |
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 4|plan for each site which includes an analysis of the data provided     |
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 5|by the Oklahoma School Testing Program and other reading assessments   |
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 6|utilized as required in this section, and which outlines how each      |
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 7|school site will comply with the provisions of the Reading             |
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 8|Sufficiency Act.                                                       |
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 9|    2.  The State Board of Education shall adopt rules for the         |
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10|implementation and evaluation of the provisions of the Reading         |
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11|Sufficiency Act.  The evaluation shall include, but not be limited     |
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12|to, an analysis of the data required in subsection S of this           |
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14|    G. H.  For any third-grade student found not to be reading at      |
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15|grade level meeting grade-level targets as determined by reading       |
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16|assessments administered pursuant to this section, a new program of    |
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17|reading instruction, including provisions of the READ Initiative       |
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18|adopted by the school district as provided for in subsection O P of    |
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19|this section, shall be developed by a Student Reading Proficiency      |
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20|Team and implemented as specified in subsection D E of this section.   |
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21| In addition to other requirements of the Reading Sufficiency Act,     |
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22|the plan may include specialized tutoring.                             |
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23|    H. I.  1.  Any first-grade, second-grade or third-grade student    |
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24|who demonstrates end of year proficiency in reading at the             |
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 1|third-grade level through a screening instrument which meets the       |
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 2|acquisition of reading skills criteria pursuant to subsection B of     |
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 3|this section shall not be subject to retention pursuant to this        |
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 4|section.  After a student has demonstrated proficiency through a       |
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 5|screening instrument, the district shall provide notification to the   |
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 6|parent or guardian of the student that they have satisfied the         |
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 7|requirements of the Reading Sufficiency Act and will not be subject    |
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 8|to retention pursuant to this section.                                 |
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 9|    2.  If a third-grade student is identified at any point of the     |
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10|academic year as having a significant reading deficiency, which        |
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11|shall be defined as scoring below proficient not meeting grade-level   |
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12|targets on a screening instrument which meets the acquisition of       |
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13|reading skills criteria pursuant to subsection B of this section,      |
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14|the district shall immediately begin a student reading portfolio as    |
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15|provided by subsection K L of this section and shall provide notice    |
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16|to the parent of the deficiency pursuant to subsection I J of this     |
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17|section.                                                               |
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18|    3.  If a student has not yet satisfied the proficiency             |
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19|requirements of this section prior to the completion of third grade    |
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20|and still has a significant reading deficiency, as identified based    |
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21|on assessments administered as provided for in subsection B of this    |
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22|section, has not accumulated evidence of third-grade proficiency       |
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23|through a student portfolio as provided in subsection K L of this      |
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24|section, or is not subject to a good-cause exemption as provided in    |
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 1|subsection K L of this section, then the student shall not be          |
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 2|eligible for automatic promotion to fourth grade.                      |
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 3|    4.  The minimum criteria for grade-level performance of            |
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 4|third-grade students pursuant to the Reading Sufficiency Act shall     |
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 5|be that students are able to read and comprehend grade-level text.     |
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 6|To determine the promotion and retention of third-grade students       |
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 7|pursuant to the Reading Sufficiency Act, the State Board of            |
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 8|Education shall use only the scores for the standards for reading      |
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 9|foundations/processes and vocabulary portions of the statewide         |
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10|third-grade assessment administered pursuant to Section 1210.508 of    |
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11|this title and shall not use the scores from the other language arts   |
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12|portions of the assessment.  The performance levels established by     |
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13|the Commission for Educational Quality and Accountability pursuant     |
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14|to Section 1210.508 of this title shall ensure that students meeting   |
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15|the performance-level criteria are performing at grade level on the    |
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16|reading foundations and vocabulary portions of the statewide           |
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17|third-grade assessment.                                                |
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18|    5.  a.     For the 2016-2017 school year, a student not eligible   |
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19|              for automatic promotion as provided for in paragraph 3   |
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20|              of this subsection and who scores at the                 |
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21|              unsatisfactory level on the reading portion of the       |
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22|              statewide third-grade assessment administered pursuant   |
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23|              to Section 1210.508 of this title may be evaluated for   |
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24|              probationary promotion by the Student Reading            |
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 1|              Proficiency Team.  Beginning with the 2017-2018 school   |
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 2|              year, a A student not eligible for automatic promotion   |
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 3|              as provided for under paragraph 3 of this subsection     |
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 4|              and who scores below the proficiency level does not      |
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 5|              meet the criteria established by the Commission for      |
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 6|              Educational Quality and Accountability on the reading    |
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 7|              portion of the statewide third-grade assessment          |
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 8|              administered pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this        |
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 9|              title may be evaluated for probationary promotion by     |
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10|              the Student Reading Proficiency Team which was created   |
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11|              for the student pursuant to subsection D E of this       |
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12|              section.                                                 |
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13|         b.    The student shall be promoted to the fourth grade if    |
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14|              the team members unanimously recommend probationary      |
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15|              promotion to the school principal and the school         |
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16|              district superintendent and the principal and            |
  |                                                                       |
17|              superintendent approve the recommendation that           |
  |                                                                       |
18|              promotion is the best option for the student.  If a      |
  |                                                                       |
19|              student is allowed a probationary promotion, the team    |
  |                                                                       |
20|              shall continue to review the reading performance of      |
  |                                                                       |
21|              the student and repeat the requirements of this          |
  |                                                                       |
22|              paragraph each academic year until the student           |
  |                                                                       |
23|              demonstrates grade-level reading proficiency, as         |
  |                                                                       |
24|              identified through a screening instrument which meets    |
  |                                                                       |
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 1|              the acquisition of reading skills criteria pursuant to   |
  |                                                                       |
 2|              subsection B of this section, for the corresponding      |
  |                                                                       |
 3|              grade level in which the student is enrolled or          |
  |                                                                       |
 4|              transitions to the requirements set forth by the         |
  |                                                                       |
 5|              Achieving Classroom Excellence Act a locally designed    |
  |                                                                       |
 6|              remediation plan after the fifth grade which shall       |
  |                                                                       |
 7|              have the goal of ensuring that the student is on track   |
  |                                                                       |
 8|              to be college and career ready.                          |
  |                                                                       |
 9|    5. 6.  Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, students who      |
  |                                                                       |
10|score below the proficient level do not meet the performance           |
  |                                                                       |
11|criteria established by the Commission for Educational Quality and     |
  |                                                                       |
12|Accountability on the reading portion of the statewide third-grade     |
  |                                                                       |
13|assessment administered pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title,    |
  |                                                                       |
14|who are not subject to a good cause exemption as provided in           |
  |                                                                       |
15|subsection K L of this section, and who do not qualify for promotion   |
  |                                                                       |
16|or probationary promotion as provided in this subsection, shall be     |
  |                                                                       |
17|retained in the third grade and provided intensive instructional       |
  |                                                                       |
18|services and supports as provided for in subsection N O of this        |
  |                                                                       |
19|section.                                                               |
  |                                                                       |
20|    6. 7.  Each school district shall annually report to the State     |
  |                                                                       |
21|Department of Education the number of students promoted to the         |
  |                                                                       |
22|fourth grade pursuant to this subsection and the number of students    |
  |                                                                       |
23|promoted to a subsequent grade pursuant to the provisions in           |
  |                                                                       |
24|paragraph 4 5 of this subsection.  The State Department of Education   |
  |                                                                       |
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 1|shall publicly report the aggregate and district-specific number of    |
  |                                                                       |
 2|students promoted on their website and shall provide electronic        |
  |                                                                       |
 3|copies of the report to the Governor, Secretary of Education,          |
  |                                                                       |
 4|President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Speaker of the House of           |
  |                                                                       |
 5|Representatives, and to the respective chairs of the committees with   |
  |                                                                       |
 6|responsibility for common education policy in each legislative         |
  |                                                                       |
 7|chamber.                                                               |
  |                                                                       |
 8|    7.  Nothing shall prevent a school district from applying the      |
  |                                                                       |
 9|principles of paragraphs 3 and 4 of this subsection in grades          |
  |                                                                       |
10|kindergarten through second grade.                                     |
  |                                                                       |
11|    8.  To determine the promotion and retention of third-grade        |
  |                                                                       |
12|students pursuant to the Reading Sufficiency Act, the State Board of   |
  |                                                                       |
13|Education shall use only the reading comprehension and vocabulary      |
  |                                                                       |
14|scores portion of the statewide third-grade assessment administered    |
  |                                                                       |
15|pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title and shall not use the       |
  |                                                                       |
16|other language arts scores portions of the assessment.                 |
  |                                                                       |
17|    I. J.  The parent of any student who is found to have a reading    |
  |                                                                       |
18|deficiency and is not reading at the appropriate grade level meeting   |
  |                                                                       |
19|grade-level reading targets and has been provided a program of         |
  |                                                                       |
20|reading instruction as provided for in subsection B of this section    |
  |                                                                       |
21|shall be notified in writing of the following:                         |
  |                                                                       |
22|    1.  That the student has been identified as having a substantial   |
  |                                                                       |
23|deficiency in reading;                                                 |
  |                                                                       |
24|                                                                       |
  |                                                                       |
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 1|    2.  A description of the current services that are provided to     |
  |                                                                       |
 2|the student pursuant to a conjoint measurement model such that a       |
  |                                                                       |
 3|reader and a text are placed on the same scale;                        |
  |                                                                       |
 4|    3.  A description of the proposed supplemental instructional       |
  |                                                                       |
 5|services and supports that will be provided to the student that are    |
  |                                                                       |
 6|designed to remediate the identified area of reading deficiency;       |
  |                                                                       |
 7|    4.  That the student will not be promoted to the fourth grade if   |
  |                                                                       |
 8|the reading deficiency is not remediated by the end of the third       |
  |                                                                       |
 9|grade, unless the student is otherwise promoted as provided for in     |
  |                                                                       |
10|subsection H I of this section or is exempt for good cause as set      |
  |                                                                       |
11|forth in subsection K L of this section;                               |
  |                                                                       |
12|    5.  Strategies for parents to use in helping their child succeed   |
  |                                                                       |
13|in reading proficiency;                                                |
  |                                                                       |
14|    6.  The grade-level performance scores of the student;             |
  |                                                                       |
15|    7.  That while the results of the statewide assessments            |
  |                                                                       |
16|administered pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title are the        |
  |                                                                       |
17|initial determinant, they are not the sole determiner of promotion     |
  |                                                                       |
18|and that portfolio reviews and assessments are available; and          |
  |                                                                       |
19|    8.  The specific criteria and policies of the school district      |
  |                                                                       |
20|for midyear promotion implemented as provided for in paragraph 4 of    |
  |                                                                       |
21|subsection N O of this section.                                        |
  |                                                                       |
22|    J. K.  No student may be assigned to a grade level based solely    |
  |                                                                       |
23|on age or other factors that constitute social promotion.              |
  |                                                                       |
24|                                                                       |
  |                                                                       |
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 1|    K. L.  For those students who do not meet the academic             |
  |                                                                       |
 2|requirements for promotion and who are not otherwise promoted as       |
  |                                                                       |
 3|provided for in subsection H I of this section, a school district      |
  |                                                                       |
 4|may promote the student for good cause only.  Good-cause exemptions    |
  |                                                                       |
 5|for promotion shall be limited to the following:                       |
  |                                                                       |
 6|    1.  Limited-English-proficient students English language           |
  |                                                                       |
 7|learners who have had less than two (2) years of instruction in an     |
  |                                                                       |
 8|English language learner program;                                      |
  |                                                                       |
 9|    2.  Students with disabilities whose individualized education      |
  |                                                                       |
10|program (IEP), consistent with state law, indicates that the student   |
  |                                                                       |
11|is to be assessed with alternate achievement standards through the     |
  |                                                                       |
12|Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP);                          |
  |                                                                       |
13|    3.  Students who demonstrate an acceptable level of performance    |
  |                                                                       |
14|on an alternative standardized reading assessment approved by the      |
  |                                                                       |
15|State Board of Education;                                              |
  |                                                                       |
16|    4.  Students who demonstrate, through a student portfolio, that    |
  |                                                                       |
17|the student is reading on grade level as evidenced by demonstration    |
  |                                                                       |
18|of mastery of the state standards beyond the retention level;          |
  |                                                                       |
19|    5.  Students with disabilities who participate in the statewide    |
  |                                                                       |
20|assessments administered pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title    |
  |                                                                       |
21|and who have an individualized education program that reflects that    |
  |                                                                       |
22|the student has received intensive remediation in reading for more     |
  |                                                                       |
23|than two (2) years but still demonstrates a deficiency in reading      |
  |                                                                       |
24|and was previously retained in prekindergarten for academic reasons,   |
  |                                                                       |
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 1|kindergarten, first grade, second grade, or third grade and has made   |
  |                                                                       |
 2|adequate progress in reading pursuant to the student's                 |
  |                                                                       |
 3|individualized education program;                                      |
  |                                                                       |
 4|    6.  Students who have received intensive remediation in reading    |
  |                                                                       |
 5|through a program of reading instruction for two (2) or more years     |
  |                                                                       |
 6|but still demonstrate a deficiency in reading and who were             |
  |                                                                       |
 7|previously retained in prekindergarten for academic reasons,           |
  |                                                                       |
 8|kindergarten, first grade, second grade, or third grade for a total    |
  |                                                                       |
 9|of two (2) years; and                                                  |
  |                                                                       |
10|    7.  Students who have been granted an exemption for medical        |
  |                                                                       |
11|emergencies by the State Department of Education.                      |
  |                                                                       |
12|    L. M.  A student who is otherwise promoted as provided for in      |
  |                                                                       |
13|subsection H I of this section or is promoted for good cause as        |
  |                                                                       |
14|provided for in subsection K L of this section shall be provided       |
  |                                                                       |
15|intensive reading instruction during an altered instructional day      |
  |                                                                       |
16|that includes specialized diagnostic information and specific          |
  |                                                                       |
17|reading strategies for each student until the student meets            |
  |                                                                       |
18|grade-level targets in reading.  The school district shall assist      |
  |                                                                       |
19|schools and teachers to implement reading strategies for the           |
  |                                                                       |
20|promoted students that research has shown to be successful in          |
  |                                                                       |
21|improving reading among low-performing readers.                        |
  |                                                                       |
22|    M. N.  Requests to exempt students from the retention              |
  |                                                                       |
23|requirements based on one of the good-cause exemptions as described    |
  |                                                                       |
24|                                                                       |
  |                                                                       |
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 1|in subsection K L of this section shall be made using the following    |
  |                                                                       |
 2|process:                                                               |
  |                                                                       |
 3|    1.  Documentation submitted from the teacher of the student to     |
  |                                                                       |
 4|the school principal that indicates the student meets one of the       |
  |                                                                       |
 5|good-cause exemptions and promotion of the student is appropriate.     |
  |                                                                       |
 6|In order to minimize paperwork requirements, the documentation shall   |
  |                                                                       |
 7|consist only of the alternative assessment results or student          |
  |                                                                       |
 8|portfolio work and the individual education plan (IEP), as             |
  |                                                                       |
 9|applicable;                                                            |
  |                                                                       |
10|    2.  The principal of the school shall review and discuss the       |
  |                                                                       |
11|documentation with the teacher and, if applicable, the other members   |
  |                                                                       |
12|of the Student Reading Proficiency Team as described in subsection D   |
  |                                                                       |
13|E of this section.  If the principal determines that the student       |
  |                                                                       |
14|meets one of the good-cause exemptions and should be promoted based    |
  |                                                                       |
15|on the documentation provided, the principal shall make a              |
  |                                                                       |
16|recommendation in writing to the school district superintendent; and   |
  |                                                                       |
17|    3.  After review, the school district superintendent shall         |
  |                                                                       |
18|accept or reject the recommendation of the principal in writing.       |
  |                                                                       |
19|    N. O.  Each school district shall:                                 |
  |                                                                       |
20|    1.  Conduct a review of the program of reading instruction for     |
  |                                                                       |
21|all students who score below the proficient level do not meet the      |
  |                                                                       |
22|performance criteria established by the Commission for Educational     |
  |                                                                       |
23|Quality and Accountability on the reading portion of the statewide     |
  |                                                                       |
24|assessment administered pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title     |
  |                                                                       |
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 1|and did not meet the criteria for one of the good-cause exemptions     |
  |                                                                       |
 2|as set forth in subsection K L of this section.  The review shall      |
  |                                                                       |
 3|address additional supports and services, as described in this         |
  |                                                                       |
 4|subsection, needed to remediate the identified areas of reading        |
  |                                                                       |
 5|deficiency.  The school district shall require a student portfolio     |
  |                                                                       |
 6|to be completed for each retained student;                             |
  |                                                                       |
 7|    2.  Provide to students who have been retained as set forth in     |
  |                                                                       |
 8|subsection H I of this section with intensive interventions in         |
  |                                                                       |
 9|reading, intensive instructional services and supports to remediate    |
  |                                                                       |
10|the identified areas of reading deficiency, including a minimum of     |
  |                                                                       |
11|ninety (90) minutes of daily, uninterrupted,                           |
  |                                                                       |
12|scientific-research-based reading instruction.  Retained students      |
  |                                                                       |
13|shall be provided other strategies prescribed by the school            |
  |                                                                       |
14|district, which may include, but are not limited to:                   |
  |                                                                       |
15|         a.   small group instruction,                                 |
  |                                                                       |
16|         b.   reduced teacher-student ratios,                          |
  |                                                                       |
17|         c.   more frequent progress monitoring,                       |
  |                                                                       |
18|         d.   tutoring or mentoring,                                   |
  |                                                                       |
19|         e.   transition classes containing third- and fourth-grade    |
  |                                                                       |
20|              students,                                                |
  |                                                                       |
21|         f.   extended school day, week, or year, and                  |
  |                                                                       |
22|         g.   summer reading academies as provided for in Section      |
  |                                                                       |
23|              1210.508E of this title, if available;                   |
  |                                                                       |
24|                                                                       |
  |                                                                       |
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 1|    3.  Provide written notification to the parent or guardian of      |
  |                                                                       |
 2|any student who is to be retained as set forth in subsection H I of    |
  |                                                                       |
 3|this section that the student has not met the proficiency level        |
  |                                                                       |
 4|performance criteria required for promotion and was not otherwise      |
  |                                                                       |
 5|promoted and the reasons the student is not eligible for a             |
  |                                                                       |
 6|good-cause exemption.  The notification shall include a description    |
  |                                                                       |
 7|of proposed interventions and intensive instructional supports that    |
  |                                                                       |
 8|will be provided to the student to remediate the identified areas of   |
  |                                                                       |
 9|reading deficiency;                                                    |
  |                                                                       |
10|    4.  Implement a policy for the midyear promotion of a retained     |
  |                                                                       |
11|student who can demonstrate that the student is a successful and       |
  |                                                                       |
12|independent reader, is reading at or above grade level grade-level     |
  |                                                                       |
13|targets, and is ready to be promoted to the fourth grade.  Tools       |
  |                                                                       |
14|that school districts may use in reevaluating any retained student     |
  |                                                                       |
15|may include subsequent screening assessments, alternative              |
  |                                                                       |
16|assessments, and portfolio reviews, in accordance with rules of the    |
  |                                                                       |
17|State Board of Education.  Retained students may only be promoted      |
  |                                                                       |
18|midyear prior to November 1 and only upon demonstrating a level of     |
  |                                                                       |
19|proficiency required to score at the proficient level that the         |
  |                                                                       |
20|student has met the performance criteria established by the            |
  |                                                                       |
21|Commission for Educational Quality and Accountability on the reading   |
  |                                                                       |
22|portion of the statewide third-grade assessment administered           |
  |                                                                       |
23|pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title, or upon demonstrating      |
  |                                                                       |
24|proficiency in reading at the third-grade level through a screening    |
  |                                                                       |
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 1|instrument administered pursuant to subsection B of this section,      |
  |                                                                       |
 2|and upon showing progress sufficient to master appropriate             |
  |                                                                       |
 3|fourth-grade-level skills, as determined by the school.  A midyear     |
  |                                                                       |
 4|promotion shall be made only upon agreement of the parent or           |
  |                                                                       |
 5|guardian of the student and the school principal;                      |
  |                                                                       |
 6|    5.  Provide students who are retained with a high-performing       |
  |                                                                       |
 7|teacher who can address the needs of the student, based on student     |
  |                                                                       |
 8|performance data and above-satisfactory performance appraisals; and    |
  |                                                                       |
 9|    6.  In addition to required reading enhancement and acceleration   |
  |                                                                       |
10|strategies, provide students who are retained with at least one of     |
  |                                                                       |
11|the following instructional options:                                   |
  |                                                                       |
12|         a.   supplemental tutoring in scientific-research-based       |
  |                                                                       |
13|              reading services in addition to the regular reading      |
  |                                                                       |
14|              block, including tutoring before or after school,        |
  |                                                                       |
15|         b.   a parent-guided "Read at Home" assistance plan, as       |
  |                                                                       |
16|              developed by the State Department of Education, the      |
  |                                                                       |
17|              purpose of which is to encourage regular parent-guided   |
  |                                                                       |
18|              home reading, or                                         |
  |                                                                       |
19|         c.   a mentor or tutor with specialized reading training.     |
  |                                                                       |
20|    O. P.  Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, each school       |
  |                                                                       |
21|district shall establish a Reading Enhancement and Acceleration        |
  |                                                                       |
22|Development (READ) Initiative.  The focus of the READ Initiative       |
  |                                                                       |
23|shall be to prevent the retention of third-grade students by           |
  |                                                                       |
24|offering intensive accelerated reading instruction to third-grade      |
  |                                                                       |
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 1|students who failed to meet standards for promotion to fourth grade    |
  |                                                                       |
 2|and to kindergarten through third-grade students who are exhibiting    |
  |                                                                       |
 3|a reading deficiency.  The READ Initiative shall:                      |
  |                                                                       |
 4|    1.  Be provided to all kindergarten through third-grade students   |
  |                                                                       |
 5|at risk of retention as identified by the assessments administered     |
  |                                                                       |
 6|pursuant to the Reading Sufficiency Act.  The assessment used shall    |
  |                                                                       |
 7|measure phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary,      |
  |                                                                       |
 8|and comprehension;                                                     |
  |                                                                       |
 9|    2.  Be provided during regular school hours in addition to the     |
  |                                                                       |
10|regular reading instruction; and                                       |
  |                                                                       |
11|    3.  Provide a state-approved reading curriculum that, at a         |
  |                                                                       |
12|minimum, meets the following specifications:                           |
  |                                                                       |
13|         a.   assists students assessed as exhibiting a reading        |
  |                                                                       |
14|              deficiency in developing the ability to read at grade    |
  |                                                                       |
15|              level,                                                   |
  |                                                                       |
16|         b.   provides skill development in phonemic awareness,        |
  |                                                                       |
17|              phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, and                |
  |                                                                       |
18|              comprehension,                                           |
  |                                                                       |
19|         c.   provides a scientific-research-based and reliable        |
  |                                                                       |
20|              assessment,                                              |
  |                                                                       |
21|         d.   provides initial and ongoing analysis of the reading     |
  |                                                                       |
22|              progress of each student, and                            |
  |                                                                       |
23|         e.   is implemented during regular school hours,              |
  |                                                                       |
24|                                                                       |
  |                                                                       |
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 1|         f.   provides a curriculum in core academic subjects to       |
  |                                                                       |
 2|              assist the student in maintaining or meeting             |
  |                                                                       |
 3|              proficiency levels for the appropriate grade in all      |
  |                                                                       |
 4|              academic subjects,                                       |
  |                                                                       |
 5|         g.   establishes;                                             |
  |                                                                       |
 6|    4.  Establish at each school, where applicable, an Intensive       |
  |                                                                       |
 7|Acceleration Class for retained third-grade students who               |
  |                                                                       |
 8|subsequently score below the proficient level do not meet the          |
  |                                                                       |
 9|performance criteria established by the Commission for Educational     |
  |                                                                       |
10|Quality and Accountability on the reading portion of the statewide     |
  |                                                                       |
11|assessment administered pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title.    |
  |                                                                       |
12|The focus of the Intensive Acceleration Class shall be to increase     |
  |                                                                       |
13|the reading level of a child at least two grade levels in one (1)      |
  |                                                                       |
14|school year.  The Intensive Acceleration Class shall:                  |
  |                                                                       |
15|              (1)                                                      |
  |                                                                       |
16|         a.    be provided to any student in the third grade who       |
  |                                                                       |
17|              scores below the proficient level does not meet the      |
  |                                                                       |
18|              performance criteria established by the Commission for   |
  |                                                                       |
19|              Educational Quality and Accountability on the reading    |
  |                                                                       |
20|              portion of the statewide assessments and who was         |
  |                                                                       |
21|              retained in the third grade the prior year because of    |
  |                                                                       |
22|              scoring below the proficient level not meeting the       |
  |                                                                       |
23|              performance criteria on the reading portion of the       |
  |                                                                       |
24|              statewide assessments,                                   |
  |                                                                       |
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 1|              (2)                                                      |
  |                                                                       |
 2|         b.    have a reduced teacher-student ratio,                   |
  |                                                                       |
 3|              (3)                                                      |
  |                                                                       |
 4|         c.    provide uninterrupted reading instruction for the       |
  |                                                                       |
 5|              majority of student contact time each day and            |
  |                                                                       |
 6|              incorporate opportunities to master the fourth-grade     |
  |                                                                       |
 7|              state standards in other core subject areas,             |
  |                                                                       |
 8|              (4)                                                      |
  |                                                                       |
 9|         d.    use a reading program that is                           |
  |                                                                       |
10|              scientific-research-based and has proven results in      |
  |                                                                       |
11|              accelerating student reading achievement within the      |
  |                                                                       |
12|              same school year,                                        |
  |                                                                       |
13|              (5)                                                      |
  |                                                                       |
14|         e.    provide intensive language and vocabulary instruction   |
  |                                                                       |
15|              using a scientific-research-based program, including     |
  |                                                                       |
16|              use of a speech-language therapist, and                  |
  |                                                                       |
17|              (6)                                                      |
  |                                                                       |
18|         f.    include weekly progress monitoring measures to ensure   |
  |                                                                       |
19|              progress is being made, and                              |
  |                                                                       |
20|              (7)  provide reports to the State Department of          |
  |                                                                       |
21|                   Education, in the manner described by the           |
  |                                                                       |
22|                   Department, outlining the progress of students in   |
  |                                                                       |
23|                   the class at the end of the first semester,         |
  |                                                                       |
24|         h.   provide;                                                 |
  |                                                                       |
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 1|    5.  Provide reports to the State Board of Education, upon          |
  |                                                                       |
 2|request, on the specific intensive reading interventions and           |
  |                                                                       |
 3|supports implemented by the school district.  The State                |
  |                                                                       |
 4|Superintendent of Public Instruction shall annually prescribe the      |
  |                                                                       |
 5|required components of the reports, and                                |
  |                                                                       |
 6|         i.   provide; and                                             |
  |                                                                       |
 7|    6.  Provide to a student who has been retained in the third        |
  |                                                                       |
 8|grade and has received intensive instructional services but is still   |
  |                                                                       |
 9|not ready for grade promotion, as determined by the school district,   |
  |                                                                       |
10|the option of being placed in a transitional instructional setting.    |
  |                                                                       |
11|A transitional setting shall specifically be designed to produce       |
  |                                                                       |
12|learning gains sufficient to meet fourth-grade performance standards   |
  |                                                                       |
13|while continuing to remediate the areas of reading deficiency.         |
  |                                                                       |
14|    P.  In addition to the requirements set forth in this section,     |
  |                                                                       |
15|each school district board of education shall annually report to the   |
  |                                                                       |
16|parent or guardian of each student in the district the progress of     |
  |                                                                       |
17|the student toward achieving state and district expectations for       |
  |                                                                       |
18|proficiency in reading, writing, science, and mathematics.  The        |
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19|school district board of education shall report to the parent or       |
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20|guardian of each student the results on statewide assessments          |
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21|administered pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title.  The          |
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22|evaluation of the progress of each student shall be based upon         |
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23|classroom work, observations, tests, district and state assessments,   |
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 1|and other relevant information.  Progress reporting shall be           |
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 2|provided to the parent or guardian in writing.                         |
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 3|    Q.  1.  Each school district board of education shall annually     |
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 4|publish on the school website, and report in writing to the State      |
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 5|Board of Education by September 1 of each year, the following          |
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 6|information on the prior school year:                                  |
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 7|         a.   the provisions of this section relating to public        |
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 8|              school student progression and the policies and          |
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 9|              procedures of the school district on student retention   |
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10|              and promotion,                                           |
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11|         b.   by grade, the number and percentage of all students in   |
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12|              grades grade three through ten performing below the      |
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13|              proficient level that did not meet the performance       |
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14|              criteria established by the Commission for Educational   |
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15|              Quality and Accountability on the reading portion of     |
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16|              the statewide assessment administered pursuant to        |
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17|              Section 1210.508 of this title,                          |
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18|         c.   by grade, the number and percentage of all students      |
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19|              retained in grades three through ten,                    |
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20|         d.   information on the total number and percentage of        |
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21|              students who were promoted for good cause, by each       |
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22|              category of good cause as specified above, and           |
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23|         e.   any revisions to the policies of the school district     |
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 1|              on student retention and promotion from the prior        |
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 2|              year.                                                    |
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 3|    2.  The State Department of Education shall establish a uniform    |
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 4|format for school districts to report the information required in      |
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 5|this subsection.  The format shall be developed with input from        |
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 6|school districts and shall be provided not later than ninety (90)      |
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 7|days prior to the annual due date.  The Department shall annually      |
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 8|compile the information required, along with state-level summary       |
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 9|information, and report the information to the public, the Governor,   |
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10|the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Speaker of the        |
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11|House of Representatives.                                              |
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12|    R.  The State Department of Education shall provide technical      |
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13|assistance as needed to aid school districts in administering the      |
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14|provision of the Reading Sufficiency Act.                              |
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15|    S.  On or before December January 31 of each year, the State       |
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16|Department of Education shall issue to the Governor, the President     |
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17|Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of                 |
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18|Representatives and members of the Senate and House of                 |
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19|Representatives Education Committees a Reading Sufficiency Report      |
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20|Card for the state and each school district and elementary site        |
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21|which shall include, but is not limited to, trend data detailing       |
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22|three (3) years of data, disaggregated by student subgroups to         |
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23|include economically disadvantaged, major racial or ethnic groups,     |
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 1|students with disabilities, and English language learners, as          |
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 2|appropriate for the following:                                         |
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 3|    1.  The number and percentage of students in kindergarten          |
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 4|through third grade determined to be at risk for reading               |
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 5|difficulties compared to the total number of students enrolled in      |
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 6|each grade;                                                            |
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 7|    2.  The number and percentage of students in kindergarten who      |
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 8|continue to be at risk for reading difficulties as determined by the   |
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 9|year-end measurement of reading progress;                              |
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10|    3.  The number and percentage of students in kindergarten          |
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11|through third grade who have successfully completed their program of   |
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12|reading instruction and are reading on grade level as determined by    |
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13|the results of approved reading assessments;                           |
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14|    4.  The number and percentage of students scoring at each          |
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15|performance level that meet or do not meet the performance criteria    |
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16|established by the Commission for Educational Quality and              |
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17|Accountability on the reading portion of the statewide third-grade     |
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18|assessment administered pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title;    |
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19|    5.  The number of students tested, the number of students          |
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20|promoted through meeting proficiency on a screening instrument as      |
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21|provided for in subsection H I of this section, the number of          |
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22|students promoted through each of the good-cause exemptions as         |
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23|provided for in subsection K L of this section and the number of       |
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24|students retained and the number of students promoted through          |
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 1|probationary promotion as provided for in subsection H I of this       |
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 2|section for each elementary site;                                      |
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 3|    6.  Data tracking the progression of students promoted through     |
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 4|each of the good-cause exemptions as provided for in subsection K L    |
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 5|of this section and students promoted through probationary promotion   |
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 6|or students who are retained in third grade as provided for in         |
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 7|subsection H I of this section through the eighth grade.  The data     |
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 8|shall include but not be limited to information regarding whether      |
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 9|students graduate on time;                                             |
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10|    7.  The amount of funds for reading remediation received by each   |
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11|district;                                                              |
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12|    8.  An evaluation and narrative interpretation of the report       |
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13|data analyzing the impact of the Reading Sufficiency Act on            |
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14|students' ability to read at grade level;                              |
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15|    9.  The type of reading instruction practices and methods          |
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16|currently being used by school districts in the state;                 |
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17|    10.  Socioeconomic information, access to reading resources        |
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18|outside of school and screening for and identification of learning     |
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19|disabilities for students not reading at the appropriate grade level   |
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20|by third grade;                                                        |
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21|    11.  The types of intensive remediation efforts being conducted    |
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22|by school districts to identify best practices for students that are   |
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23|not reading at the appropriate grade level and are not retained        |
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24|under the provisions of this section; and                              |
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 1|    12.  Any recommendations for improvements or amendments to the     |
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 2|Reading Sufficiency Act.                                               |
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 3|    The State Department of Education may contract with an             |
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 4|independent entity for the reporting and analysis requirements of      |
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 5|this subsection.                                                       |
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 6|    T.  Copies of the results of the assessments administered shall    |
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 7|be made a part of the permanent record of each student.                |
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 8|    SECTION 3.  This act shall become effective July 1, 2019.          |
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 9|    SECTION 4.  It being immediately necessary for the preservation    |
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10|of the public peace, health or safety, an emergency is hereby          |
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11|declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and    |
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12|be in full force from and after its passage and approval.              |
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14|COMMITTEE REPORT BY: COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND BUDGET, dated     |
  |04/11/2019 - DO PASS.                                                  |
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