Thursday, October 13, 2016
In 2016, Idaho legislators passed H526 and 451 which now require districts to develop an extended hour literacy intervention program for students in grades K-3 who score below-basic or basic on the statewide reading assessment, the Idaho Reading Indicator, otherwise called the IRI.
By law, the program must be include the following components:
• A proven effective research based substantial intervention and shall include phonemic awareness, decoding intervention, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency applicable to the student based on a formative assessment designed to, at a minimum, identify such weakness.
• The program may include online or digital instructional materials or programs or library resources.
• The program must include parent input and be in alignment with the Idaho comprehensive literacy plan
• The program must include a minimum of 60 additional hours of reading instruction for students (K-3) below-basic (score of 1) and a minimum of 30 hours for students (K-3) scoring basic (score of 2) on the statewide reading assessment administered in the fall.
Genesee Joint School District #282 has developed a literacy plan for K-3 that utilizes the IRI as an initial screener for literacy intervention. Students who receive a "1" or a "2" on the assessment will receive further diagnostic testing to confirm and determine specific area of need. If a student shows no need on the additional diagnostic testing, students will be progress monitored to ensure that they are being successful within the general education setting. If a need is identified, parents and guardians will be invited to attend a planning/informational meeting and students will begin to receive intervention as deemed necessary.
We believe that literacy is crucial to a students future success. Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that allows individuals to effectively with other individuals and is important in every facet of our life. We believe that by providing interventions at an early age that we can build a strong foundation for our students and enable them to be successful productive citizens in the future.
If you would like a copy of the district plan, please contact Wendy Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-285-1161.