Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 22, 2015
Sen. John Ford
Bill modifying Reading Sufficiency Act clears
The full Senate has given its approval to legislation
modifying Oklahoma’s Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA). Senate
Bill 630, by Senate Education Chair
John Ford and Rep. Dennis Casey, was approved Friday unanimously.
“The changes we are making give us the flexibility we need
at the local level but is still designed to ensure Oklahoma students
are acquiring the reading skills necessary to succeed,” said
Ford, who represents Nowata, Rogers and Washington Counties in the
Senate. “These modifications take into account the needs and
concerns voiced by classroom teachers, administrators and parents
throughout our state as we work together to meet this essential
In 2014, legislation created Student Reading Proficiency Teams
to allow probationary promotion for students not reading at grade
level—those students would receive an individual remediation
plan to improve their skills. SB 630 extends the use of those teams
and probationary promotion through the 2017-2018 school year. The
legislation also phases in higher reading proficiency requirements
beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.
The legislation also directs students in kindergarten through third
grade to be screened at both the beginning and end of the school
year—currently screening is only required at the beginning
of the school year. Additionally, if a first, second or third-grader
is shown to be reading at third grade level on any of those screenings,
that will satisfy the requirements for promotion.
Casey said he was appreciative of the input he and Ford received
from local educators and parents as they continued to fine-tune
the reading program.
“Parental involvement in a child’s education is absolutely
invaluable to a school district in guiding a child’s academic
success,” said Casey, R-Morrison. “I appreciate the
hard work teachers and schools have put into addressing the changes
necessary to improve the Reading Sufficiency Act.”
The measure now returns to the House for final consideration.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Ford: (405) 521-5634