North Carolina General Assembly’s Read to Achieve Program is part of the Excellent Public Schools Act that became law in July 2012. The goal of the Read to Achieve program is to ensure that every student reads at third grade level by the end of third grade. The law outlines that if a student passes the EOG reading test, they are eligible to be promoted to 4th grade. If they do not pass the EOG reading test, other factors are reviewed to determine if the student is performing at grade level in reading. The Read to Achieve law provides a list of “Good Cause Exemptions” that can help the district determine if students are reading at grade level or are exempt from meeting this requirement.
Below is a list of the “Good Cause Exemptions”:
- Any student who is a Limited Proficient Student with less than two years of instruction in ESL
- Any student who is assessed on NCExtend 1 or NCExtend 2
- Any student who has received reading intervention and previously been retained more than once in kindergarten, first, second, or third grades
- Any student who received a score of 442 or higher on the 3rd grade Beginning of Grade Assessment
- Any studentwho has a completed portfolio that includes a combined score of 70% or higher on three passages for each of the 12 standards
To learn more about North Carolina Read to Achieve Law or review the components of the Read to Achieve program go to the NEW website at http://www.ncpublicschools.
More information about Read to Achieve can be found at http://www.ncleg.net/