Read To Achieve Gets Clarity in HB 230

Notification that HB 230 – Clarify Read to Achieve/Sch. Perform. Grades, popped into my inbox. I took a look. Lots of changes to the language.

 

A lot of strike throughs. One major change is this one below – where it appears parents or guardians are being given the final say on the Summer Reading Boot Camps:

“§ 115C‑83.8.  Successful reading development for retained students.

(a)        Parents or guardians of Students students not demonstrating reading proficiency shall be enrolled encouraged to enroll their student in a summer reading camp provided by the local school administrative unit prior to being retained. unit. Students who demonstrate reading proficiency on an alternative assessment of reading comprehension or student reading portfolio after completing a summer reading camp shall be promoted to the fourth grade. Students who do not demonstrate reading proficiency on these measures after completing a summer reading camp shall be retained under G.S. 115C‑83.7(a) and provided with the instruction listed in subsection (b) of this section during the retained year.Parents or guardians of a student not demonstrating reading proficiency shall make the final decision regarding a student’s reading camp attendance. Local school administrative units shall provide at least one opportunity for students not participating in a reading camp to demonstrate reading proficiency appropriate for third grade students on an alternative assessment or through a student reading portfolio process approved by the State Board of Education prior to retaining the student.

If you scroll down in the bill to section 8, it says that parents with kids demonstrating appropriate levels of reading skills can choose to put their kids into the camp anyway at a cost not to exceed $825 dollars. The changes also take the camps from 6 weeks to 3; requirement of 72 hours of instruction.

Sections 10 and 11 should be paid attention to by parents:

SECTION 10.  The State Board of Education shall implement the developmental screening instrument as provided in G.S. 115C‑83.5 in each school in a local school administrative unit enrolling kindergarten students, and according to the approved time line for the administration of the Kindergarten Entry Assessment as provided under Section 3.9 of S.L. 2013‑363. Additional components of the Kindergarten Entry Assessment shall be fully implemented in each school in a local school administrative unit enrolling kindergarten students beginning with the 2016‑2017 school year.

SECTION 11.  The title of Part 5 of Article 10A of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes reads as rewritten:

“CAREER AND COLLEGE READINESS.”

Note the “Kindergarten Entry Assessment”? It’s being pushed back a year from the initial implementation dates of the 2014-2015 school year. I’ll be covering that later this week. Stay tuned. The section 11 change is interesting. It adds “and college” to the phrasing. Common Core’s death knell in North Carolina is starting to be heard as the state takes back control of our own course of study from the outside D.C. trade groups who own the copyrighted Common Core. GOOD.

Section 13 rewrites the calculation of School Achievement scores.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips: APDillon@Protonmail.com
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