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HOUSE BILL NO. 508
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STUDENTS - PHONICS - Adds to existing law to require instruction in
intensive-systematic phonics for all public school students in kindergarten
through third grade.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 508
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO COURSES OF INSTRUCTION IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS; AMENDING CHAPTER 16,
3 TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 33-1613, IDAHO
4 CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR INSTRUCTION IN INTENSIVE-SYSTEMATIC PHONICS FOR ALL
5 STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH THIRD GRADE AND TO DEFINE INTENSIVE-
6 SYSTEMATIC PHONICS.
7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
8 SECTION 1. That Chapter 16, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
9 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION , to be
10 known and designated as Section 33-1613, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
11 33-1613. INTENSIVE-SYSTEMATIC PHONICS INSTRUCTION. (1) All public school
12 students in kindergarten and first grade shall receive at least forty-five
13 (45) minutes of intensive-systematic phonics instruction each day. The
14 instructional time may be divided into smaller segments of time throughout the
15 day. Intensive-systematic phonics instruction shall be integrated with read-
16 ing, writing, vocabulary and spelling. All students who master this knowledge
17 may be moved on to advanced work.
18 (2) Intensive-systematic phonics shall be provided for all students
19 through the third grade.
20 (3) Any child who is identified by the individualized education program
21 team to have special learning problems, including hearing impaired, shall
22 receive instruction which meets the needs of that child.
23 (4) "Intensive-systematic phonics" means the process of teaching all the
24 specific sounds of each letter of the alphabet in a rigorous, repeated, con-
25 sistent manner, and includes instruction on how each sound is made in the
26 mouth and the sounds associated with each letter or combination of letters.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
New Section Idaho Code 33-1613 - Requiring that intensive
systematic phonics be offered for all students in kindergarten
through the third grade and that at least 45 minutes of
intensive-systematic phonics be taught each day to kindergarten
and first-grade students.
The purpose of this legislation is to improve the reading ability
of all students. Research shows that students who receive phonics
instruction along with building sight vocabulary, context clues,
syllabication phonics, and understanding the roots and meaning of
words, will increase their chances of becoming good readers.
Intensive-systematic phonics is the process of teaching all the
specific sounds of each letter of the alphabet. These sounds are
taught showing where they are made in the mouth as well as the
variations. For example - The a has five sounds. The variations
are produced when one letter is influenced by another letter. This
instructional process allows for the learner to practice learning
the sounds and the rules that work with the sounds. Intensive
means that repeated-consistent "systematic instruction" will allow
the child to grasp the decoding skills in a logical sequential
Requiring 45 minutes of phonics instruction each day, integrated
with reading, vocabulary, and spelling, for kindergarten and
first-grade students who have not mastered the sound/symbol
relationship will help ensure that all students develop good
reading skills. The 45 minutes can be broken up into smaller
pieces. Students who demonstrate knowledge of the sound/symbol
relationship may move on to more advanced work. Any child who has
hearing problems will be helped according to his/her need.
FISCAL NOTE There should be no fiscal
impact from the State General Account dollars. Kindergarten and
first-grade teachers may have to adjust the instruction that they
provide. If the children receive good instructions in the beginning,
then this step will save thousands of dollars in remediation. Any
Reading money made available by the legislature would help teachers
implement the phonics instruction. Local school districts
professional development monies might also be used to help train
teachers and implement phonics instruction.
CONTACT: Jerry R. Pelton, State Department of Education
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE Bill No. H 508