Move On When Reading


Move On When Reading icon - child sitting on top of a stack of books reading a bookIn this information age, acquiring the ability to read and write proficiently is both necessary and crucial for a student’s academic success.  It is essential that K-3 students have full access to effective, strategic and purposeful reading and writing instruction using strategies that have been proven to be successful with research and evidence.

Arizona State Statute 15-704 requires school districts and charters to provide effective reading instruction, with initial screening; on-going diagnostic and classroom based reading assessments, and a system to monitor student progress.

Arizona’s revised statute 15-211 requires all school districts and charters with a K-3 program to submit a comprehensive plan for reading instruction and intervention across grade kindergarten through grade three.  State funding is provided to schools to support the implementation of their K-3 reading plan.  The goal is to have all grade three students in Arizona reading proficiently at grade level.

Arizona Revised Statute 15 – 701 states that if data on the third grade statewide reading assessment is available and demonstrates that a student scored “falls far below” the student shall not be promoted from the third grade. There are two exemptions in Arizona Revised Statute 15-701. In accordance with the new law, a school district governing board or the governing body of a charter school is allowed to promote a student who earns a score of “falls far below” on the third grade statewide reading assessment only for the following reasons:

  • The student is an English Language Learner or Limited English Proficient who has received less than two years of English instruction; or
  • A student with disabilities has an individualized education plan(IEP), and the IEP-team, which includes the student’s parent/guardian, agrees that promotion is appropriate

An Important Note for Educators and Parents:

  • There will be NO Retention based on MOWR laws of 3rd Graders Falling Far Below on the reading portion of the AzMERIT assessment at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, because AzMERIT statewide assessment scores will not be available until the Fall of 2015.
  • Schools MUST provide Intervention and/or remedial strategies to students who were promoted to 4th grade and FFB on the reading portion of the spring 2015 AzMERIT Assessment.

If you have questions about Move On When Reading (MOWR), feel free to contact:

Sherry Zeeb, M.Ed., NBCT
Move On When Reading
Arizona State Board of Education

 Move On When Reading Home Page button MOWR & AzMERIT Click the flag below for more information regarding the adoption of the new statewide assessment, AzMerit, and its effects on Move On When Reading legislation. azmerit 3

Attention Parents/Guardians!
The best reading support you can give your child is to read daily, nightly and always to your child.  A suggested 20 minutes a day is great, more is even better, and research has shown that reading to your child in their home language is just as beneficial as the second language they are trying to learn!! father and young daughter story time at home
So READ, READ and READ some more with your child!!


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