North Carolina Read to Achieve
A Parents’ Guide to NC House Bill 950
• Goal of the law
• Components of Read to Achieve
• How this could impact your child
• Reading tips you can use to help your children
What is Read To Achieve?
•Read to Achieve is part of the Excellent Public
Schools Act which became law in July 2012.
•This law supports the NC State Board of
•Every public school student will graduate from
high school globally competitive for work and
post-secondary education and prepared for life in
the 21st century.
•Effective during the 2013-2014 school year
Goal for Read To Achieve
§ 115C-83.1. State goal.
“The goal of the State is to ensure that every
student read at or above grade level by the end
of third grade and continue to progress in reading
proficiency so that he or she can read,
comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts
needed for secondary education and career
(Excellent Public Schools Act, NC HB 950/S.L. 2012)
7 Components of Read to Achieve
• Comprehensive plan for reading achievement
• Kindergarten entry assessment process
• Facilitating early grade reading proficiency
• Process for the elimination of social promotion
• Plan for successful reading development of
• Parent/guardian notification process
• Accountability measures process
1. Comprehensive Plan for
NC Department of Public Instruction developed a
reading plan to improve reading achievement.
The plan focuses on:
Partnerships and Communication
2. Kindergarten Entry Assessment
• Will begin in the 2014-15 school year
• The assessment will create a child’s profile that
measures the five domains of school readiness
• Language and literacy
• Cognition and general knowledge
• Approaches toward learning
• Physical well-being and motor
• Social/emotional development
3. Facilitating Early Grade
• K-3 students will be assessed three times a year
with the mclass®: Reading 3D assessment system.
• Reading 3D will provide information about your
child’s early reading skills and their reading
• Teachers will use the results to plan instruction.
• You will receive communication about your
4. Elimination of Social Promotion
Your child must demonstrate reading
proficiency to be promoted to 4th grade.
Good Cause Exemptions
• Limited English Proficient students
• Students with IEPs that include alternate
assessments and reading interventions (EXTEND 1)
• Proficiency on an alternate assessment after
EOG or summer reading camp
• Proficiency through a reading portfolio
• Previously retained more than once
5. Plan for Successful Reading
Development of Retained Students
• If your child does not demonstrate reading
proficiency they will be able to attend CMS
Summer Reading Camp.
• At the end of CMS Summer Reading Camp, if
your child does not demonstrate reading
proficiency, your child will receive additional
intensive reading support during the following
6. Notification to Parents and
• You will be notified in writing if your child will be
• If your child is retained, you can expect:
• Monthly written reports on your child’s
• A reading contract with the school that
involves parent-guided home reading strategies
7. Accountability Measures
• CMS will establish and maintain a website for
reporting and parent information.
• Schools will provide descriptions of all reading
interventions provided to retained students.
• Teachers will document and maintain lesson
plans outlining reading interventions used in the
What Can Parents Do to Help?
•Read to your child every day.
•Take children's books and writing materials with
you whenever you leave home.
•Create a quiet, special place in your home for
your child to read, write and draw.
•Help your child see that reading is important. Set
a good example for your child by reading books,
newspapers and magazines.
•Limit the amount and type of television you and
your child watch.
~ From ed.gov