Early Literacy

Early Literacy

Published: 11/14/2023 10:28 AM

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The goal of Senate Bill 9 (2022), the Read to Succeed Act, is to support evidence-based early literacy instruction throughout the commonwealth by investing in teachers to increase student success in reading. A child’s ability to read is a critical predictor of both educational and lifelong success. Students must have every opportunity to gain and strengthen this skill, and teachers must be equipped and empowered in the teaching of reading to best support their students. 

Per KRS 158.791, it is the intent of the General Assembly that every elementary school:

  • Provide comprehensive schoolwide reading instruction aligned to reading and writing standards required by KRS 158.6453 and outlined in administrative regulation promulgated by the Kentucky Board of Education;

  • Provide a multi-tiered system of supports to support and engage all students in learning to read at the proficient level, meaning a level that reflects developmentally appropriate grade-level performance, by the end of grade three (3); 

  • Ensure quality instruction by highly trained teachers and intervention by individuals most qualified to provide the​ intervention; and

  • Provide high quality library media programs.​​​


Call for Early Literacy Screening and Diagnostic Assessment Submissions 

In 2022, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) engaged in a comprehensive process to identify valid and reliable universal screeners for reading and reading diagnostic assessments as required by KRS 158:305. A list of currently approved assessments is available on the KDE Early Literacy Screening Assessments webpage​. New submissions will be considered annually for inclusion on the KDE approved list.    

Interested vendors should review the Call for Early Literacy Screening and Diagnostic Assessment Submissions document which outlines the process and includes a link to the required submission form. Forms should be submitted to christie.biggerstaff@education.ky.gov​.

The submission window for the 2023-2024 academic year will be Nov. 1 – 30, 2023.  ​

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 (KAS) for Reading 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 supplemental ​resource as well as a rich, knowledge-building curriculum, such as Core Knowledge/Amplify, EL Education and Wit and Wisdom.​

​Please reach out to Christie Biggerstaff, Director of Early Literacy, at christie.biggerstaff@education.ky.gov with any questions.

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