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READ Act & School Readiness Changes

READ Act and School Readiness Assessments – Changes for 2015-16 school year

The legislation streamlined assessment requirements related to the READ Act and school readiness as outlined below:

  • Districts may utilize more time to administer the READ Act assessments to kindergarten students, and, if administered in the first 60 days of the school year, can use the READ Act assessment to fulfill the literacy component of the school readiness assessment.
    • Specifically, each district must administer the READ Act assessment to kindergarteners in the first 90 days of the school year.
    • In addition, each district must complete the first checkpoint of the school readiness assessment within the first 60 days of the school year.
    • If a district administers the READ Act assessment in the first 60 days of the school year, it is not required to administer the literacy component of the school readiness assessment.
  • The district may administer the literacy portion of the school readiness assessment if it provides additional information that would be helpful in supporting the kindergarten student.
  • Districts do not need to create a separate school readiness plan and a READ plan for kindergarten students.If a student is identified as having a significant reading deficiency, the district will include the student’s READ plan as a component of the student’s school readiness plan. (Note: this is consistent with the original READ Act legislation and with CDE’s guidance to the field.)
  • Districts are not required to administer READ Act interim assessments for students demonstrating reading competency for their grade level throughout the remainder of the specific school year.
    • CDE will be working over the summer with the assessment providers of the approved READ Act assessments to identify cut-scores for grade level reading competency to help guide districts in making a decision about whether or not a student is demonstrating reading competency for his/her grade level.The department anticipates having guidance to the districts by late summer.
  • Teachers have 60 days to administer the READ Act diagnostic test if a significant reading deficiency is detected.
    • Specifically, if, after administering the district’s READ Act assessment, a teacher finds that a student may have a significant reading deficiency, the teacher must administer a diagnostic assessment to the student within 60 days of the previous assessment to determine the student’s specific reading skill deficiencies.
  • Of the list of State Board approved READ Act assessments, at least one interim and one diagnostic assessment must be available in paper/pencil format. (Note: the State Board’s current approved list meets this requirement.)

 

For more information please contact Melissa Colsman.

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