SB 81 (Hendrick/Vaughan): Requires all adjudicated juveniles to undergo a literacy assessment to determine their reading proficiency. Juveniles testing below an eighth grade reading level will be required to participate in a reading improvement program. Recipients of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Grant will also be required to undergo a literacy assessment as a condition of eligibility.
In addition, the bill requires any person under the age of 18 must to pass the eighth grade criterion-referenced reading test or other equivalent exam approved by the State Department of Education in order to acquire a drivers license. The act is effective July 1, 1997. However, only people applying on or after January 1, 1998 are subject to the drivers license requirement.