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Alabama Literacy Act

Alabama Literacy Act: What does it mean for our children at Montview Elementary?

What is the act?

  • In 2019, the Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama Literacy Act, and it became effective September 1, 2019.
  • 2021-22 is the first year since the Literacy Act was passed that we are looking at 3rd graders to make sure they are proficient enough in literacy to continue to 4th grade.

What the law says...

  • "Commencing with the 2021-2022 school year, 3rd grade students shall demonstrate sufficient reading skills for promotion to 4th grade."
  • There are "good cause" exemptions, but our goal is to have all of our students read well.
  • Read the full text of the Alabama Literacy Act (AL-HB388).

Why was the act established?

"...to implement steps to improve the reading proficiency of public-school kindergarten to third grade students and ensure that those students are able to read at or above grade level by the end of the third grade..."

"Ninety percent of children with reading difficulties will achieve grade level in reading if they receive help in the 1st grade. Seventy percent of children whose help is delayed to age 9 or later continue to struggle throughout their school career."

Parental Notification

A parent or legal guardian of any K-3 student who shows a consistent deficiency in reading or characteristics of dyslexia shall be notified in writing.

What if my child is behind in reading?

  • We will work with him or her during the school day.
  • We will invite him or her to summer programming.
  • We will share his or her progress in reading with you.

What can you do to help?

  • Meet with your child's teacher and discuss his/her performance in school.
  • Address concerns as early as possible.
  • Always ask, "How can I support my child at home?"
  • Make a note of important dates such as parent nights/conferences, progress reports, report cards, and assessments.
  • Read to your child. This helps them to understand the connection between books and print.
  • Talk with your child about a book or story. This helps him/her develop vocabulary.
  • Read about things that are familiar to your child. This helps him/her relate to what is being read.
  • Show the relationship between writing and reading.
  • Help your child learn to write his/her name, compose notes to friends and family members, and copy favorite words.

We're all in this together!

In addition to your child's teacher, the Montview PST Teams are here to help!