Ch 1_State laws

State Laws

Over the last decade, 38 states have passed laws that require schools to monitor students’ progress in reading between kindergarten and grade 3. These laws emphasize the importance of early screening to help find struggling students before they fall far behind. These laws are often referred to as third-grade reading laws or third-grade retention laws because they require students who can’t read at a certain level to repeat grade 3. Some of these laws allow exceptions for students with an IEP^ or 504 plan^.

In addition, 26 states have passed dyslexia laws to help identify and provide early intervention for students with a reading disability. These laws provide funding and require intervention and services for students who are struggling with reading. Many states with these early screening and literacy laws also provide funding for teacher professional development.