WestEd Studies Impact of Arizona's Move On When Reading Law

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Research in the past few years shows that students who reach reading proficiency by the third grade are more apt to succeed academically and do well in their careers and lives. But why third grade?

That’s when “students shift from learning to read and begin reading to learn,” according to Donald J. Hernandez, City University of New York professor of sociology, author of Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation.

The third grade milestone is not lost in the state of Arizona. The 2010 passage of the state’s Move On When Reading law has spurred intensive interventions for students at earlier ages as well as the strengthening of core reading programs, according to this article.

WestEd, through a partnership grant from the Helios Education Foundation, is studying Move On When Reading. WestEd is collecting data from schools and districts statewide on how they’re implementing interventions for struggling readers, according to Lenay Dunn, Senior Research Associate in WestEd’s Comprehensive School Assistance Program.

“WestEd just began the first phase of this study by observing summer school classes and meeting with summer school teachers and site administrators to discuss Move On When Reading implementation at a few sites across the state,” says Dunn in this article.

Source: Arizona Education News Service
Read the original article: School Responses to Third-Grade Retention Law May Spur Literacy Gains

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