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HOUSE BILL NO. 179
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PRESCHOOL READING READINESS - Adds to existing law to authorize the State
Board of Education to authorize a best practices demonstration reading
readiness intervention program to improve reading readiness for children;
and to provide that a model school will be established in each of the six
education regions for a period of three years.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature First Regular Session - 1999
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 179
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO AUTHORITY OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; AMENDING CHAPTER
3 1, TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 33-131, IDAHO
4 CODE, TO AUTHORIZE A BEST PRACTICES DEMONSTRATION PRESCHOOL READING READI-
5 NESS INTERVENTION PROGRAM.
6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
7 SECTION 1. That Chapter 1, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
8 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION , to be
9 known and designated as Section 33-131, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
10 33-131. BEST PRACTICES DEMONSTRATION PRESCHOOL READING READINESS INTER-
11 VENTION PROGRAM. Subject to appropriations for that purpose, the state depart-
12 ment of education shall develop a best practices demonstration preschool read-
13 ing readiness intervention program designed to test effectiveness of
14 preschool-age intervention. The demonstration program shall be structured to
15 place one (1) model preschool targeted at four (4) year old children in each
16 of the six (6) education regions for a three (3) year period, and sites shall
17 be selected based upon application of the school districts. The department
18 shall establish project criteria including, but not limited to, methods of
19 identifying the at-risk population, ability to impact reading readiness goals
20 which complement the "Idaho State Comprehensive Literacy Plan," alternative
21 intervention methodologies, cooperation with related private and public
22 children's programs, program cost-effectiveness, and a research model demon-
23 strating the program effectiveness. The program may include a component
24 designed to provide training for child-care providers and parents in develop-
25 ing preliteracy skills for at-risk children. The state department of education
26 shall report the results annually to the legislature.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This bill is part of Idaho's Literacy Act: Every Child's
Birthright. The primary cause of a student's difficulty in
learning to read is a lack of pre-literacy skills or understanding
the relationship between sounds in a language and the letters that
represent them (the sound/symbol relationship.) Most of these
children have had little or no experience with books or adults
reading to them, so they start out behind in learning to read.
Some catch up fast, but many do not. We would reduce the number of
children entering kindergarten without appropriate pre-literacy
skills if we could reach them at a younger age, thus reducing the
cost of intervention in the primary grades.
This bill establishes a grant to be administered by the Dept. of
Education of up to $82,000 per region for six regions for model
pre-schools targeting four-year-olds to test the effectiveness of
various methods of improving pre-literacy skills for at-risk
children. The grants will be available for up to three years. The
results will be reported annually to the legislature and Governor.
At a cap of $82,000 per region for six regions, the fiscal impact
will be $492,000 a year for three years.
CONTACT: Rep. Lee Gager Sen. Betsy Dunklin
Rep. Wendy Jaquet Sen. John Andreason
Rep. Tom Trail Sen. Darrel Diede
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTES Bill No. H 179