Senate Bill 9 (2022), the Read to Succeed Act, by Jan. 1, 2023, each superintendent shall select:
At least one reliable and valid universal screener for reading administered to all students in grades K-3; and
At least one reliable and valid reading diagnostic assessment administered as part of a multi-tiered system of supports for students in grades K-3.
All teachers of students in K-3 shall be trained on any reading diagnostic assessment and universal screener selected by the superintendent prior to administration of the assessment in the 2023-2024 school year.
Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, a reliable and valid universal screener shall be:
Given in the first 45 days of the school year for all kindergarten students; and
Given in the first 30 days of the school year for grades 1-3.
Based on the data from the above, a reading improvement plan shall be developed and implemented by a reading improvement team for any student in K-3 identified as needing accelerated interventions to progress toward proficient performance in reading.
The Senate Bill 9 Implementation Timeline document provides further guidance around what needs to be implemented when.
Early Literacy Assessments within KyMTSS
The Early Literacy Assessment within Kentucky's Multi-Tiered System of Supports (KyMTSS) document provides information around how universal screening and diagnostic assessment fit within a multi-tiered system of supports.
Valid and Reliable Early Literacy Screening Assessments
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) established selection criteria to determine which assessments would be included on the final list of approved early literacy screening assessments.
Approved Universal Screeners Comparison Chart
It is suggested that districts begin their own selection process by reviewing the KDE Approved Universal Screeners Comparison Chart.
List of Approved Early Literacy Screening Assessments
An approved list of diagnostic assessments will be provided in the near future.
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