Resources relating to Early Literacy include those that will assist educators in providing high-quality instruction to improve reading proficiency for all students in accordance with Senate Bill 9 (2022), the Read to Succeed Act. Documents including the Reading Improvement Plan and the Read-at-Home Plan are designed to provide information to both educators and families as they work collaboratively to increase outcomes for students. New resources will be added periodically.
Two New Tools to Enhance Early Literacy Instructional Practices Included in the Curriculum-Based Professional Learning Guidance Document
Within the Curriculum-Based Professional Learning Guidance document, two new essential resources are available to assist districts and schools in enhancing literacy instructional practices. The associated Learning Walk Protocol can be used in conjunction with the Instructional Practice Guides to focus conversations and feedback.
*New* Read to Succeed KRS 158.305 Implementation Frequently Asked Questions
To assist districts and schools with the implementation of the Read to Succeed Act required in KRS 158.305, the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Division of Early Literacy has taken the most common questions regarding implementing the Read to Succeed Act and created an easy-to-use Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.
Reading & Writing Instructional Resources Consumer Guide Available for KRS 158.305 District Implementation
Per amendments to KRS 158.305 as part of Senate Bill 156 (2023), each superintendent or public charter school board shall adopt a common comprehensive reading program that is determined by the department to be reliable, valid, and aligned to reading and writing standards required by KRS 158.6453 and outlined in administrative regulation promulgated by the Kentucky Board of Education for kindergarten through grade three (3) for all schools or a subset of schools, with consultation of all affected elementary school councils." Senate Bill 156 (2023) requires superintendents adopt this common comprehensive reading program by July 1, 2024.
To assist districts in evaluating and selecting an approved Tier 1 universal reading program/resource, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) published a consumer guide specific to high-quality instructional resources (HQIRs) for reading and writing. The guide is intended to help decision-makers in Kentucky districts select high-quality reading and writing instructional resources aligned to the Kentucky Academic Standards for Reading (KAS) and Writing that meet the unique needs of students, educators and local communities.
The KDE further recommends districts consider both an explicit, systematic, cumulative, multisensory reading foundational skills resource as well as a rich, knowledge-building curriculum, such as Core Knowledge/Amplify, EL Education and Wit and Wisdom.
Reading Improvement Plan
Per the Read to Succeed Act amendments to KRS 158.305, beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, if a student’s rate of progress toward proficiency in reading needs accelerated interventions as demonstrated by the results of an approved universal screener and reading diagnostic assessment, the local school district shall provide intensive instructional services, progress monitoring measures and supports through grade three via a Reading Improvement Plan.
This plan should be developed in collaboration and accordance with any existing program services plan, individualized education program or Section 504 Plan unless the program services plan, individualized education program or Section 504 Plan already addresses improving reading.
To assist districts in effectively developing and implementing Reading Improvement Plans, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has developed a template as an example that incorporates the requirements of KRS 158.305. Districts may modify the template to fit the local context as needed. This template can be used during the problem-solving process to document intervention plans, progress monitoring data and parent notification. An existing student intervention plan developed, implemented and monitored as part of a multi-tiered system of supports may also meet the requirements of the reading improvement plan if it addresses the components required by Senate Bill 9 – The Read to Succeed Act (2022).
Read At Home Plan Family Guide
Per Read to Succeed Act amendments to KRS 158.305, beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, if a student’s rate of progress toward proficiency in reading needs accelerated interventions as demonstrated by the results of an approved universal screener and reading diagnostic assessment, the local school district shall provide families of identified students with a Read At Home Plan.
The Read At Home Plan Family Guide includes learning experiences families can have with children at home to support their reading skills development. Additionally, the guide includes information about Senate Bill 9 (2022), Reading Improvement Plans and the key role families play in student success. A glossary of literacy terms and general tips for reading at home also are included. The at-home learning experiences contained in this document are organized into the five essential components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension).
A Spanish version of the Read at Home Plan Family Guide is also available.
KDE is happy to partner with district and school administrators and teachers to offer support through the “Read at Home Plan Family Guide” to help districts effectively implement Read At Home Plans.
Read at Home Plan for Administrators
Per Senate Bill 9, the Read to Succeed Act, beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, if a student’s rate of progress toward proficiency in reading needs accelerated interventions as demonstrated by the results of an approved universal screener and reading diagnostic assessment, the local school district shall provide the families of such identified kindergarten through grade three students with a “Read at Home” plan (KRS 158.305). To help districts effectively implement “Read At Home” plans in collaboration with families, the KDE has partnered with the KY Collaborative for Families and Schools to develop guidance for ensuring high-impact, research-based family engagement best practices for relationship building and two-way communications.
Read at Home Plan Guidance Document
Please reach out to Christie Biggerstaff, Director of Early Literacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.