(1) There is created the Early Success Reading Initiative for the State of Oregon.
(2) The purpose of the initiative is to recognize the essential need of elementary schools to effectively use research-based teaching practices and learning strategies.
(3) The components of the Early Success Reading Initiative include, but are not limited to:
(a) Providing research-based assessment systems to administrators, teachers and the public in order to provide the decision-making and accountability information needed to monitor children’s progress as they learn to read.
(b) Screening and continuously monitoring the reading progress of all children from kindergarten through the completion of the third grade.
(c) Using scientific, research-based reading systems to create school cultures and processes that enable all children to read successfully, including children with disabilities and children with linguistic and cultural diversity and other learning needs.
(d) Enabling administrators and teachers within each individual school to collect, interpret and use student learning data to:
(A) Guide kindergarten through grade three teachers and administrators in instructional decisions;
(B) Implement a kindergarten through grade three schoolwide reading action plan;
(C) Provide strategies for student groups; and
(D) Provide structured interaction with parents.
(e) Establishing a relationship between school districts and the University of Oregon to provide instructional and research support to assist school administrators, teachers and parents to enable students in kindergarten through grade three to learn to read effectively and successfully through means that are in congruence with state standards for reading and common curriculum goals.
(4) The University of Oregon may design, implement and monitor the Early Success Reading Initiative. The University of Oregon may provide consultation services to school districts that establish early success reading sites.
(5) The goal of the initiative is to enable each school district to establish early success reading sites at individual elementary schools. An elementary school that is initially selected as an early success reading site shall serve as a model and as a resource to other elementary schools within its school district as those schools implement the initiative. [2001 c.861 §2]
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