Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 16, 2014
Sen. Gary Stanislawski
Senate approves changes to Reading Sufficiency
The Senate has given its approval to a measure modifying Oklahoma’s
Reading Sufficiency Act. Those changes are contained in House Bill
2625, by Sen. Gary
Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa. The measure
was approved 43 to1 by the full Senate on Wednesday.
“We’re committed to the original goal of the bill, which
is helping make sure Oklahoma children have the reading skills they
need to succeed,” said Stanislawski, Vice Chair of the Senate
Education Committee. “These changes address some of the concerns
both parents and educators have raised and enable greater flexibility
and input at the local level. One big difference is that the determination
of a child’s reading ability won’t rest on a single
high-stakes test at the end of the school year.”
Key changes to the Reading Sufficiency Act contained in HB 2625
as approved by the Senate include:
• For the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years only, the bill
allows a third grade student that would otherwise be retained to
be promoted to fourth grade if recommended by a reading proficiency
team. That team would have to continue to oversee the student’s
• It allows a third grader who passes a reading screening
at any time during the third grade to qualify for promotion to the
• Currently, students scoring “limited knowledge”
in reading on the third grade criterion-referenced test can be promoted.
The bill provides parents the option of having those students retained.
It also requires a reading proficiency team to develop a reading
remediation plan for those students.
“I am very pleased that my colleagues in the Senate recognize
the importance of including those closest to the child in such an
important decision in their educational path,” Henke said.
“Parents and local educators know the child best and how close
or far that child is from achieving their reading level. This legislation
is vital to improving the process of bringing Oklahoma children
to their appropriate reading level.”
On Tuesday the Senate approved HB 2497, which calls on the State
Department of Education to conduct a study to better determine the
reasons why some students have been unable to acquire grade-level
reading skills and determine the best practices available to help
those students become proficient readers so those practices can
be implemented throughout the state.
Both measures now return to the House for consideration of Senate
For more information, contact:
Sen. Stanislawski: (405) 521-5624