Move On When Reading for Administrators

 2014-2015 School Year

ATTN:  Click Below to READ the UPDATED Newsletter for Spring 2015

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REMEMBER:  2014-2015 LAST Round of Assessment Data Due on JUNE 1st!

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2015-2016 School Year


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 LEA Preparation Timeline For Next School Year


The timeline above lays out steps to guide LEAs through MOWR preparation for next school year.  Click the picture above to download a copy of the timeline.



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Read:  Developing a Thriving Reader From the Early Years:  A Continuum of Effective Literacy Practices.  This Guide for Practitioners is provided by the READ ON Arizona Organization.  It can be a Key Piece to helping you write your literacy plan.  All components in an effective literacy plan are described in this pamphlet, use it to help you write your literacy plan for 2015-2016!

Continuum of Effective Literacy Practices


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ARS §15-701

Exemptions: In accordance with the new law, a school district or governing board or the governing body of a charter school may be allowed to promote a pupil who earns an AIMS score that falls far below the third grade level for any of the following reasons:

  1. English Language Learners or Limited English Proficient that have received less than two years of English instruction; and
  2. Students with disabilities provided that the pupil’s individualized education program (IEP) team and the pupil’s parent or guardian agree that promotion is appropriate based on the pupil’s IEP.

To read the legal exemptions: For students being retained, the school district governing board or the governing board of the charter school shall offer at least one of the following intervention and remedial strategies developed by the state board of education. These include:

  • A requirement that the pupil be assigned to a different teacher for reading instruction
  • Summer school reading instruction
  • In the next academic year, intensive reading instruction that occurs before, during or after the regular school day, or any combination of before, during and after the regular school day
  • Online reading instruction

Benefits of the Legislation: This law will ensure students receive the instruction they need to develop their skills in reading. It will reduce the need for remedial education in later grades. Research shows us that students who cannot read are more likely to drop out of school. This intensive instruction helps prevent future school failure. Ensuring every student becomes a reader will contribute to Arizona’s economy by developing a skilled workforce and individuals who are prepared for higher education.  Parent Notification regarding the new statewide assessment, AzMERIT:  Click the picture below to find a “Sample” letter that explains AzMerit and how it affects MOWR. Sample Parent Letter Button

Parent Notification:  School districts and charter schools shall provide annual written notification to parents of pupils in kindergarten programs and, first, second and third grades that a pupil who obtains a score on the reading portion of the Arizona instrument to measure standards test, or a successor test, that demonstrates the pupil is reading far below the third grade level will not be promoted from the third grade.


Parent Notification regarding the new statewide assessment, AzMERIT:  Click below to find a “Sample” letter that explains AzMerit and how it affects MOWR.

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Sample – MOWR & AzMERIT Parent Letter English Version                       

PDF file icon  Sample – MOWR & AzMERIT Parent Letter Spanish Translation                     


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AZ MOWR 2014-2015 Informational Doc:  This document explains the Move On WhenReading Law and how it affects students in K-3 and retention of 3rd graders reading below grade level.You will see:
  • Rules for retention
  • Answers to FAQ
  • Rules for creating and submitting your school/district/charter literacy plan and data
  • How the Arizona State Board of Education can support you through this process.
  • Important data relating to the progress being made in 3rd grade reading since legislation was passed.
  • Importance of assessment review leading to data driven decision making.

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          hunt inst VIDEO:  The Balance of Informational and Literary Texts in K-5  From: TheHuntInstituteShift the balance to 50 percent informational texts and  50 percent literature in elementary grades • Importance of balance in preparing for later grades and non-literary texts.line purple
         Florida Center for Reading Florida Center for Reading

The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) is a multidisciplinary research center at Florida State University. FCRR explores all aspects of reading research—basic research into literacy-related skills for typically developing readers and those who struggle, studies of effective prevention and intervention, and psychometric work on formative assessment.

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       rti network Assessment and Data-based Decisions

Learn About RTI

RTI holds the promise of ensuring that all children have access to high quality instruction, and that struggling learners – including those with learning disabilities – are identified, supported, and served early and effectively.

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           comp assess system Balanced Comprehensive Assessment SystemA VISION FOR 21ST CENTURY ASSESSMENTline purple
             az reads AZ READS

AZ READS is a comprehensive plan aimed at improving reading achievement in Arizona. It challenges Arizonans to participate in a statewide collaborative effort to make this vision a reality: That every Arizona child will learn to read proficiently by third grade and remain a proficient reader through the twelfth grade. With reading as the foundation of our efforts to raise student achievement, children will be prepared to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in life.

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