DECATUR, Alabama – The Alabama Literacy Act was passed in 2019. Its purpose is to put the state on par with the rest when it comes to getting school children to master reading, but we decided to learn how he got away with the interference. of the pandemic.
When the law was passed, Alabama was ranked 49th in the country for reading.
Despite delays in implementing parts of the Literacy Act, the sponsor, State Representative Terri Collins, said what had been achieved, including provisions such as refresher training teachers, as well as additional supervision for pupils from the most disadvantaged schools, are proving to be showing the results.
“We are intentionally focusing on the poorest 5% of schools. Of those, about 52 schools in that bottom 5%, 37 came out of that 5%, so what we’re doing is working. We continue to implement it, ”said Collins.
The 2021-2022 school year was to be that of the completion of the final stages of the law. One item still pending is a policy that would retain third graders who were not reading at the grade level.
“From kindergarten to grade three, you teach children to learn to read. But after grade three you’d expect them to read to learn, which is why this division exists, ”Collins said.
Governor Ivey has called for a postponement of this provision this year because the pandemic has negatively affected the learning of so many students.
Collins agrees with the move, but the pandemic hasn’t stopped students from taking ACAP, or Alabama’s comprehensive assessment program for the first time.
This is a standardized test to collect data on a child’s skills in a number of subjects, including reading. Comparing that to data taken before the Literacy Act was passed, Collins said things were about to change.
“When I looked at who was in the lower quartile 2 years ago compared to this year, because we missed a year of that data, we had less in that lower quartile,” he said. she declared. “The point is not to hold anyone back, the point is to make sure all of our children read.”
Students will be taking ACAP again next spring, and Collins said it would be clearer to see the trends happening and change how best to help students move forward.
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