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    September 15, 2023 

    Dear Parent or Guardian: 

    In June of 2022, Governor Dunleavy signed into law the Alaska Reads Act which all school districts across Alaska are required to implement this fall. The new law focuses on students in grades kindergarten through third grade because this is the critical window to developing strong reading skills to be successful in school. Our school board has set a goal for all students to be proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade.

     

    For many years, our district has screened students for proficiency in reading using a measure called aimswebPLUS. The law requires a few important things to be aware of as a parent:

    1. You will receive a letter after each screening period (fall, winter, spring) to notify you of your child’s results and provide information about next steps, including how you can support your child’s reading at home.

    2. Schools must write Individual Reading Improvement Plans for all students who are not proficient based on the screener. This plan is developed with parent input. 

    3. Parents of students with a reading deficiency receive a monthly progress report.

     

    Additionally, the law has specific regulations regarding grade progression.  Please note these two specific pieces:

    1. If a student in grades K-2 remains well below proficient according to the spring screener, schools must meet with parents to discuss the student’s individual plan and whether or not they should be progressed to the next grade. 

    2. If a 3rd grade student remains well below proficient according to the spring screener, schools must meet with parents to discuss their individual plan and whether or not they should be progressed to the next grade. If the parent chooses to move the student on to 4th grade, they must sign a state generated waiver and agree to 20 hours of additional summer instruction.

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    Click here for the state’s flowchart that outlines the process.

     

    The state website is rich with information and resources. The district has created a website for Mat-Su families, community members, and staff to learn more about implementing the Alaska Reads Act in our district. On the Families subpage, check out a short video titled What Do I Need to Know About the Alaska Reads Act. Throughout the year we will add content to support families, and you. 

     

    For school specific information, please contact your child’s teacher or principal.  You can also click here to submit general questions for our district literacy team. We look forward to working with you and the community to help every student become a proficient reader in Mat-Su!