TITLE 17. EDUCATION

CHAPTER 1. GENERAL SCHOOL LAW

PART III. PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL CHILDREN

SUBPART A. GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

17:182      Student reading skills; requirements; reports

 A. Effective beginning with the 1997-1998 school year, each governing authority of a public elementary school shall implement a reading program at each elementary school that is designed and intended to teach each student to read at grade level by not later than the end of the first grade. The reading program provided for by this Section shall include but need not be limited to a phonics component.

 B. (1) Not later than thirty days after the beginning of each school year, each second grade teacher and each third grade teacher shall report the number of students in the teacher's class who cannot read at grade level. Copies of this report shall be sent simultaneously by the teacher to the principal of the school and to the system superintendent.

 (2) Not later than sixty days after the beginning of each school year, the information required to be submitted pursuant to Paragraph (1) of this Subsection shall be forwarded by each system superintendent to the state superintendent of education and to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

 (3) Not later than ninety days after the beginning of each school year, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall compile and submit a report to the House Committee on Education and to the Senate Committee on Education showing for each public elementary school, for each school system, and for the state as a whole the number of students in second or third grades in public elementary schools who cannot read at grade level as determined pursuant to the provisions of this Section. The data for each school, for each school system, and for the state as a whole shall be reported in the school progress profiles provided for by R.S. 17:3911 and 3912.

 C. The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and each governing authority of a public elementary school shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this Section.

Added by Acts 1997, No. 450, ยง1, eff. June 22, 1997.