U.S. Department of Education – Every Student Succeeds Act
This policy was written for all American students K-12 in 2015 to replace No Child Left Behind Act. It will take full effect in the 2017-2018 school year.
- States can pick their own goals for both long-term and interim goals. These goals are to address proficiency on tests, English-language proficiency, and increase graduation rates.
- States are required to adopt high academic standards for all students that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.
- States have to identify and intervene in the bottom 5% of low performing schools and where high school graduation rate is 67% or less.
- Students 3-8 will continue to take standardized tests and one standardized test in high school. Results and vital information from tests will be passed onto educators, families, and communities.
- States can create own testing opt-out laws and decided what should happen in school that miss the targets.
- Students have access to high-quality preschool
- Teachers no longer have to do teacher evaluation based off of student outcomes.
- Includes resources to help train teachers on literacy and STEM.
2015 Minnesota Statute Read Well By 3rd Grade
This policy requires all school districts to adopt a local literacy plan to have every child reading at or above grade level no later than the end of grade 3.
- All school districts must develop a plan to have all students reading at grade level by 3rd grade. The plan must include a process to assess students’ levels of reading proficiency, notify and involve parents, intervene with students who are not reading at or above grade level, and identify and meet staff development needs.
- Requires the district to post its literacy plan on the official school web site and submit an annual report at the end of the year for Kindergarten through Grade 3 indicating the percentage of students who are not reading at grade level.
- The district literacy plan must meet the following requirements:
- Describe the district’s scientifically based reading instruction.
- Identify students before the end of kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 who are not reading at grade level.
- Notify parents annually of each student who is not at grade level. Information must include the student’s proficiency level, reading-related services provided, and strategies for parents to help their children succeed.
- Provide interventions for students who are not reading at or above grade level.
- Identify and meet staff development needs.