2021 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Delaney
HB 1865 Early Reading Intervention (language only)

Item 145 #22h

Item 145 #22h

Direct Aid to Public Education


Page 186, strike lines 43 through 55, and insert:

"c. These payments are available to any school division that certifies to the Department of Education that an intervention program will be offered to such students and that each student who receives an intervention will be assessed again at the end of that school year. At the beginning of the school year, local school divisions shall partner with the parents of those third grade students in the division who demonstrate reading deficiencies, discussing with them a developed plan for remediation and retesting. Such intervention programs shall be evidence-based and aligned with the science of reading and structured literacy approaches and shall include (i) the components of effective reading instruction and (ii) explicit, systematic, sequential, and cumulative instruction. Such intervention programs, at the discretion of the local school division, may be administered through the use of: reading specialists; trained aides; full-time early literacy tutors; trained volunteers under the supervision of a certified teacher; computer-based reading tutorial programs; aides to instruct in-class groups while the teacher provides direct instruction to the students who need extra assistance; or extended instructional time in the school day or year for these students. Localities receiving these payments are required to match these funds based on the composite index of local ability-to-pay."


(This amendment aligns the requirements pertaining to the use of Early Reading Intervention funds with the provisions of House Bill 1865, which requires reading intervention programs to be evidence-based and aligned with the science of reading and structured literacy approaches.)