A State Legislature that prioritizes reading proficiency is one of the several reasons that Colorado’s students consistently outperform ours, with less money spent per student. The Colorado Reading To Ensure Academic Development Act (Colorado READ Act) was passed by the Colorado Legislature during the 2012 legislative session. The READ Act repeals the Colorado Basic Literacy Act (CBLA) as of July 1, 2013, keeping many of the elements of CBLA such as a focus on K-3 literacy, assessment, and individual plans for students reading below grade level. The READ Act differs from CBLA by focusing on students identified as having a significant reading deficiency, delineating requirements for parent communication, and providing funding to support intervention. Other components of the Colorado READ Act include a competitive Early Literacy Grant and a resource bank of assessments, instructional programming, and professional development.
Governor Martinez has proposed the Reading Success Act, in her words:
“Everywhere I go, parents are shocked to learn that 21,000 New Mexico students, between 1st and 3rd grade, were passed onto the next grade last year without being able to read on grade level. Many of these students will sadly face frustration and discouragement year after year. But even more concerning is that, in most districts, parents aren’t even being informed of their child’s low reading proficiency; not even presented with the option of having their son or daughter repeat the grade in order to catch up.
The Reading Success Act will change this, creating a framework for parents and teachers to work together on interventions for children who have fallen behind on reading in early grades.
These students need us to be more proactive, their parents need more information, and we need to give them new ways – and perhaps more time. In the summer, or during the next school year – to fully learn how to read.”
Unfortunately, our State Legislature has blocked her efforts! No wonder we’re at the bottom of the Nation! Let’s do this! #WhyNotNewMexico