ABOUT THE LAW
Q:Why is this law in place?
Q:When does this law take effect?
Q:Does the law apply to children who receive special education or English Language Learner services?
IOWA'S EARLY WARNING SYSTEM
Q:What tests are used to screen my child for reading problems?
Q:What does “adequately progressing,” “at risk,” and “persistently at risk” specifically mean?A:Definitions are as follows:
Q:What happens if my child is identified as “persistently at risk” in reading?
Q:What kind of notification do parents receive?
SUMMER READING PROGRAMS
Q:Is my third-grade child required to attend a summer reading program?
Q:How long does the summer reading program last?
Q:Is there a test my child needs to pass in order to be promoted to fourth grade?
Q:Will summer reading programs be required for/available to students in kindergarten through second grade?
Q:What does “intensive” mean with regard to summer reading programs offered by schools?A:It means that schools will be required to meet certain state criteria for summer reading programs. The criteria can be found on the Iowa Department of Education’s website: https://www.
Q:Can parents choose the summer reading programs for their children?
Q:If my child is persistently at risk in reading at the end of third grade but participated in a summer reading program at the end of second grade, will that count toward the summer reading component of this law?
THIRD GRADE RETENTION
Q:What are the good-cause exemptions?
Q:What criteria must schools use in making third-grade retention decisions?
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Q:Where can I find information about the requirements of the early literacy law?