K-3 Reading Plan Guidance Available

A.R.S. §15-211, which was approved by the Arizona Legislature this spring, provides for state funding of a reading program to improve the reading proficiency of District and Charter School students in grades Kindergarten through Third Grade. To receive these additional funds, each School District and Charter School must submit to the State Board of Education an annual plan for improving the reading proficiency of their K–3 students. These plans must be submitted on or before October 1st.

The State Board of Education has approved templates for the submission of LEA and school-level reading plans. Additionally, guidance documents have been developed to assist school personnel in developing and submitting these plans. The templates and guidance can be found at http://www.azed.gov/mowr/k3literacyplans/ .

The new K-3 Reading Weight is 0.040 and will provide approximately $132 per student count in grades K-3.