Beginning in the school year 2013-2014, Arizona 3rd graders who score in the Falls Far Below category will be retained in 3rd grade at the end of the year. Schools will be required to provide held back students with intensive help so the student can learn to read and progress in school. There are some exceptions to the rule. In accordance with the new law, a school district, governing board or the governing body of a charter school is allowed to promote a pupil who earns a statewide assessment score that falls far below the third grade level for any of the following good cause exemptions:
- English Language Learners or Limited English Proficient that have received less than two years of English instruction; and
- 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: http://www.azleg.gov/ars/15/00701.htm
2015 Legislative Changes (SB 1461) Effective July 3rd, 2015
SB1461 was signed into law by the Governor and will become effective on July 3rd, 2015. SB1461 amends the MOWR law by expanding the list of students exempt from the retention requirement to include students in the process of a special education referral or evaluation for placement in special education and/or students that have been diagnosed as having a significant reading impairment, including dyslexia. The bill defines “dyslexia” as a brain-based learning difference that impairs a person’s ability to read and spell, that is independent of intelligence and that typically causes a person to read at levels lower than expected.
Additionally SB1461 requires the State Board of Education to adopt rules to allow certificated teachers and administrators to count training for the screening, intervention, accommodation, use of technology and advocacy for students with reading impairments towards continuing education credits.
Special Note for 2015 – 2016 school year:
This year AzMERIT will be given for the first time in Spring 2015. As with the first administration on any statewide assessment it will take much longer for schools to receive student scores because of the standard setting process. Therefore, schools will not have student scores on AzMERIT back in time in 2015 to determine if a student should be held back. This means the MOWR law will not be used to make retention decisions for the 2015-2016 school year.
MOWR Parent Information:
The READ ON Arizona
organization has worked hard to develop a comprehensive literacy guide that includes “A reader’s typical milestones” from Birth to 8 years of age.
Click the Picture to read Building Blocks To Becoming A Reader. This Booklet is full of “Ways adults can support children’s language, reading, and writing”
Copyright 2014. Read on Arizona – A Continuum of Effective Literacy Practices
Read On Arizona Guide to Literacy for Arizona Families:
This guide is for any parent or caregiver of an Arizona student in grades PreK-3. It is to help parents understand what the Arizona law says about reading
requirements for 3rd grade students, the importance of early literacy, the role families play in helping support foundational early reading skills and activities
to use at home. It also suggests questions and ideas that you can discuss with your school to help your child if he or she is a struggling reader.
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PTA – Parent Guides to Student Success K-3 in English and Spanish The Guide includes:
- Key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented.
- Activities that parents can do at home to support their child’s learning.
- Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child’s teacher.
- Tips for planning for college and career (high school only).
Parent Guides – Printable Versions English
Guía Para Padres Para Fomentar El Éxito Escolar
|These guides provide an overview of what your child will learn by the end of each grade level in mathematics and English language arts/literacy.||Esta guías presentan un panorama general del aprendizaje que habrá adquirido su hijo al final de cada grado en matemáticas y artes lingüísticas en inglés/alfabetización.|
|1st Grade||1er Grado|
|2nd Grade||2do Grado|
|3rd Grade||3er Grado|