Move On When Reading for Teachers


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

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REMEMBER the last round of MOWR Literacy Assessment Data is Due on JUNE 1st.

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Click Below for IMPORTANT MOWR DUE DATES FOR 2015-2016

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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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A.R.S. § 15-701

If a student is 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

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.

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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 the picture above to find a “Sample” letter that explains AzMerit and how it affects MOWR.

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


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Teachers,  thanks to the hard work of Task Force members, national, state and regional contributors, the READ ON organization has developed an invaluable literacy tool for you to use:

“The hope is that these components will guide early care and education practices related to literacy, such as curriculum and assessment choices, to ensure that children receive every opportunity to make progress in a range of contexts and across learning areas, setting a child up for success in school, career, and life.

  • To help early educators inform parents and families about their children’s learning milestones
  • To contribute to a unified vision for the early language and literacy continuum in Arizona
  • To provide a framework for implementing high-quality early literacy programs”

Building Blocks to Becoming a Reader

 Building Blocks to Becoming a Better Reader - this publications supplements the continuum mentioned above.  Building Blocks describes effective methods for adults to support children’s language, reading, and writing.



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 AZ MOWR 2014-2015
 azmerit 3This PDF explains the legislation behind the Move On When Reading Legislation 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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