Early Literacy Implementation
Iowa has recently implemented a new law called the Early Literacy Implementation or ELI. The general requirements of this law include a universal screening in reading for students in transitional kindergarten through third grade, progress monitoring for students who exhibit a substantial deficiency in reading, providing 90 minutes daily of research-based reading instruction to all students, providing notice to parents that a student exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading, providing an evidence based summer reading program for students who exhibit a substantial deficiency in reading, retention of any student who is not proficient in reading by the end of third grade AND did not attend the summer reading program OR does not qualify for a good cause exemption from the retention requirement.
At Central Lyon, we are screening the students in the fall, winter, and spring. Those scores are used to decide who will be progress monitored and receive reading interventions. Our reading interventions will focus on improving decoding and fluency, which in turn will improve comprehension.
More information can be found at www.iowareadingresearch.org/resources