Wyoming Legislature passes literacy bill

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After some discussion, the State Senate has passed the K-3 reading assessment and intervention program on 3rd reading by an overwhelming vote. Senator Affie Ellis of Laramie explains the bill would address how the state identifies students with reading difficulties…

“A few years ago, Wyoming started looking at what kind of tools it was using to identify struggling readers and those students who have dyslexia. And as we started toing our work, we transitioned from our state-wide assessment test from PAWS to WYTOPS. We discovered that the WYTOPS tool that a lot of districts were relying on was simply not doing the job of flagging these students. So, it really sparked a conversation about what is the right tool.”

Under the bill, beginning next school year, each school district will require each teacher providing instruction in grades kindergarten through three within the district to have received or be receiving professional development in evidence-based literacy instruction and intervention, and in identifying the signs of dyslexia and other reading difficulties using suitable materials reviewed and required pursuant to rule by the state superintendent. The bill now moves to the house for consideration.

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