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How the New Move on When Reading Legislation Affects Your K-3rd Grade Students

Posted On: 2017-09-13 09:04 AM

Dear K-3rd Grade Parents/Guardians,

This letter is to provide you with information on Arizona's Move on When Reading legislation and the importance it places on your child's ability to read at or above grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Arizona Revised Status §15-701 states that if student scores below the cut score on the reading portion of the 3rd grade AzMERIT exam, he/she will not be promoted to 4th grade until sufficient progress is made to demonstrate that the student is reading proficiently.

There are four exemptions from ARS §15-701. In accordance with the law, a school district governing board or the governing body of a charter school is permitted to promote a student who fails to meet the cut score on the reading portion of the 3rd grade AzMERIT exam for any of the four following reasons:

(i) A third grade student is an English Language Learner or Limited English Proficient who has received fewer than two years of English instruction; or

(ii) A third grade student with disabilities has an individualized education plan (IEP), and the IEP-team, which includes the student's parent/guardian, agrees that promotion is appropriate; or

(iii) A third grade student is in the process of a special education referral or evaluation for placement in special education and/or students that have been diagnosed as having a significant reading impairment, including dyslexia. (Dyslexia is defined as, a brain-based learning difference that impairs a person's ability to read and spell that is independent of intelligence and that typically causes a person to read at levels lower than expected.)

(iv) A third grade student has demonstrated or subsequently demonstrates sufficient reading skills or adequate progress towards sufficient reading skills of the 3rd grade reading standards as evidenced through a collection of reading assessments approved by the State Board.

Additional information about Arizona's Move on When Reading legislation can be obtained at If you have questions or need information please contact:

Tamara Becker, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support
480-461-3200 ext. 10633

For a full PDF version of this letter, please click the link below:
Move On When Reading Letter
Move On When Reading Letter (Spanish)