Are you updated on the Iowa Reading/Retention Law?

Enrichment Therapies

May 3, 2016

What is this “Iowa Reading Law?” – In 2012 legislation passed that poor readers would have to attend summer camps and potentially be retained at 3rd grade if testing found they were not performing at grade level. How many children will this impact? -According to recent tests, 25% of Iowa third graders are below reading level. That’s over 8,000 students that could possibly be retained or forced to participate in a summer reading program. What is the update? -There is no funding for the $14.5 million summer program and legislatures are working to get the program delayed until at least 2018. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad did not include funds in his budget released in January and plans to ask for a special request. How does this affect my child? -Whether the law gets delayed or not reading is an important skill. If your child is unable to read at an appropriate level Enrichment TLC is able to help them reach success!

Want more information? Check out these resources: Lawmakers debating state-ordered retention for third graders Early Literacy Implementation Iowa reform pushes students to be ready early- or else

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs.  At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success.  Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.

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North Liberty, IA 52317


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Johnston, IA 50131


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