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Superintendent Hofmeister praises Legislature for passage of bill extending role of reading teams under RSA


OKLAHOMA CITY (May 22, 2015) - Both the House and Senate passed SB 630 today, extending the use of reading teams under the Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA) through the next three school years. The reading teams had previously been scheduled to dissolve at the close of the current school year.

“I am grateful to the Legislature for ensuring we continue to build momentum with literacy while also continuing to foster parent engagement with strategic reading interventions for students. This bill provides parents with early reading progress reports and provides struggling students with an individualized reading plan that fits their specific reading needs,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said.

Under SB 630, the reading teams, officially designated as Student Reading Proficiency Teams (SRPT), would include a child’s parent or guardian, current teacher, future teacher and reading specialist. Principals and their district superintendent would then review and approve each reading team recommendation.

The bill requires any student not reading on grade level in the first or second grade to receive individualized remediation prescribed by the reading team. Beginning in school year 2016-2017 and again in 2017-2018, any third grade student who has not received an exemption from the requirements of RSA, and who scores below proficient on the state third-grade reading test, would be evaluated for “probationary promotion” by the reading team.

SB 630 also specifies that only the reading comprehension and vocabulary portions of the state third-grade reading test be used for determination of retention or promotion under RSA.

 

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Last updated on May 26, 2015