Move On When Reading for Teachers

ssAs we approach the end of the school year, some of you may be considering “Summer School” as an intervention tool for your struggling readers.  Even though we do not have AzMERIT scores at this time, you can use your “school adopted” reading assessment to determine which students would benefit from reading intervention this summer.  To clarify, summer school is not a required intervention tool.  It is one of the 4 intervention/remedial strategies developed by the State Board (mentioned below).

ARS § 15-701 – The 4 intervention/remedial strategies identified by the State Board are:

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

To further clarify, there is no requirement for you to begin using intervention and remedial strategies with students until they have been identified as falls far below on the reading portion of the 2014-2015 AzMERIT statewide assessment (Note: These scores will not be available until the fall of 2015).  Considering that, it would still be beneficial for your struggling readers to receive reading intervention before these scores are available if at all possible.

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Summer School Reading Remediation Program

Guidance from the State Board:  If the Local Education Agencies (LEA) chooses to implement this option, they must create a summer school schedule for 3rd grade intensive reading intervention that incorporates adequate time, a comprehensive assessment system and evidence based intervention instruction.

A sound evidence based summer school intervention will include:Summer School pic

  • 4-6 weeks – condensed instructional model
  • Comprehensive assessment system
    • Screening, diagnostic, progress monitoring
  • Tier 2  intervention
    • 2 hours/day of SBR reading instruction
    • For students 1 grade level behind
  • Tier 3 intensive intervention
    • 3 hours/day of SBR reading instruction
    • For students 2 or more grade levels behind
  • Assess at conclusion to determine grade assignment for following academic year
    • Summative

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!  Thank you.

 Sherry Zeeb, M.Ed., NBCT, Director of K-3 Reading, Arizona State Board of Education, Sherry.Zeeb@azed.gov, 602-364-2476

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 Picture2Dear Schools/Districts/Charters,

All LEAs did a terrific job submitting their MOWR literacy plan for the 2014-2015 school year.  We had 99.9% of all LEA MOWR literacy plans and assessment data from across the state submitted!  That’s impressive!  Furthermore the majority of plans were found to be comprehensive and well developed.  This shows Arizona schools are committed to providing effective literacy instruction and are working hard to help their students read at or above grade level.  The extensive knowledge regarding effective literacy instruction of Arizona’s, K-3 educators, continues to amaze me!  Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to your students!

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

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The following things are important to remember for next school year:

3rd grade student’ statewide scores from spring 2015 NOT available until fall 2015
 Once scores are available, LEAs must identify 4th grade students FFB on the 3rd grade statewide reading assessment from spring 2015
 LEAs must provide 4th grade students FFB on the spring 2015 statewide reading assessment with at least one of the 4 intervention/remedial strategies identified by the State Board.  ARS § 15-701 – The 4 intervention/remedial strategies identified by the State Board are:

  • 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 ie after the regular school day, or any combination of before, during and after the regular school day
  • Online reading instruction
 Literacy Plans for 2015-2016 are due October 1st, 2015
 Literacy Assessment Data is due:  Oct 1st, 2015, Feb 1st,  2015, June 1st, 2015

See Due Date Timeline for next school year below!

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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

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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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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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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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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.

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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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