Maryland General Assembly passes bill to help prevent reading failure in schools
SALISBURY, Md. – After a two year push, the Maryland General Assembly has passed the Ready to Read Act. A reading screening and early intervention bill that legislators say will help prevent reading failure. Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, Senate Bill 74, would enable Maryland’s 24 school districts to provide reading screening to all kindergarten students. To help determine if they are at risk for reading difficulties. Officials say if screening results indicate a student is at risk, supplemental reading instruction must be provided.
“It gives us a good benchmark as to where they are in the system and it also recognizes any deficiencies they may and allows us to put any researched based intervention system in place to try and bring them up to speed,” said Wicomico County Public Schools chief academic officer Dr. Frederick Briggs.
Public school officials also want to remind residents that pre-k and kindergarten registration begins next week. From Monday to Thursday, officials will be accepting registration. To find registration forms online click here.