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Arizona’s new reading law has high stakes (HB2732)
Proficiency a must to advance grade levels
by Kerry Fehr-Snyder – Oct. 14, 2011 12:00 AM

The Arizona Republic

This year’s Arizona first-graders must prove they can read proficiently in three years or they’ll be held back in school.

That shines a spotlight on first-grade classrooms like Tanya Pawl’s in central Phoenix, where 6- and 7-year-olds spend hours each school day learning how to put their A-B-Cs to use.

“First grade is so important,” said Pawl, a teacher for 10 years. “The teacher has so much magic in that.”

Starting in 2013-14, all third-graders in Arizona must prove that they are reading proficiently. If they fail, they will not advance to fourth grade.

This year’s Arizona first-graders must prove they can read proficiently in three years or they’ll be held back in school. That shines a spotlight on first-grade classrooms like Tanya Pawl’s in central Phoenix, where 6- and 7-year-olds spend hours each school day learning how to put their A-B-Cs to use.”First grade is so important,” said Pawl, a teacher for 10 years.

Reading well by third grade is vital to future academic success, studies show. And fluency – reading with comprehension and intonation – predicts eventual high-school graduation, according to the American Educational Research Association.

Last year, the Arizona Legislature passed, and the governor signed, the high-stakes reading mandate, House Bill 2732, titled Move On When Reading, which is modeled after a 2002 Florida law. Other states, including Massachusetts, Indiana and Utah, have similar laws.

Arizona has a lot of ground to make up. More than 4,000 third-graders statewide fell “far below” the third-grade reading standards on the spring 2011 Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards test.

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Arizona’s new reading law has high stakes

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