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Youth literacy to be prioritized following signing of K-3 Reading Assessment and Intervention Bill

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Published: Mar. 15, 2022 at 5:30 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - K through third grade education is set for a few changes to better assist young students with improving each individuals weak points in literacy.

“We’ve known for  long time that a one size fits all or a blanket approach just doesn’t work it’s kind of antiquated.  A better way to do this, and what many Wyoming teachers are doing already, is using data to deliver or design a specific program to meet the individual needs of students,” said Chad Auer, the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Wyoming Department of Education.

The K-3 Reading Assessment and Intervention Bill was signed on Friday, with the goal being to better preparing teachers to assist students struggles individually.

This includes screenings for dyslexia and other reading deficiencies no less than three times a year.

Funds were designated to provide Wyoming teachers with increased training.

One key component of the bill is making sure parents are involved with the education process as well.

“Parents and teachers are going to get together, the bill requires it, but they’re going to get together and they’re going to talk about the data and, together, build a plan on how they’re going to meet the needs of these individuals,” said Auer.

The bill will be implemented before the upcoming school year.

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