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Alabama Literacy Act Impact

In 2019, the Alabama legislature passed the Alabama Literacy Act. The Alabama Literacy Act was established to improve the reading proficiency of public school students in grades K-3 and ensure that those students are able to read at or above grade level by the end of the third grade. The law states that all third-grade students should demonstrate sufficient reading skills for promotion to fourth grade, beginning in the 2023-2024 school year.

In accordance with the law, all students in grades K-3 are assessed using the STAR 360 - an Alabama State Department of Education approved reading assessment. Based on the results of the assessment, every student who exhibits a reading deficiency is provided an appropriate reading intervention to address specific needs. In addition, parents of any student who exhibits a consistent deficiency will be notified, an individual reading plan developed as a part of the district's MTSS/RTI process, and parents provided strategies and resources to use at home to help the student succeed in reading. 

To help parents and guardians understand more about the Alabama Literacy Act (ALA) and how it impacts students in grades K-3 across the district, Autauga County Schools’ Curriculum and Instruction Department is hosting several informational sessions. Attendees can expect discussion on assessment standards, reading improvement plans, intervention strategies, and classroom instruction changes to ensure success for most students, as well as parent resources and learning how to create at-home literacy goals as partners in your child’s educational journey. The virtual session will be recorded for anyone who is unable to attend the informational sessions. 

Session Options
- each session includes a 30-minute presentation with an additional 15 minutes allotted for questions

October 10 | 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. | Chapter One Center
October 10 | 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. | Virtual Session - click to watch recorded session
October 10 | 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Chapter One Center

Additional Information

Alabama Literacy Act FAQs
Alabama Literacy Act 2019-523
Alabama Family Guide for Student Reading Success 
Alabama Literacy Act Presentation (in Spanish)


For more information, contact Libby Frankel, Coordinator of Elementary Curriculum & Instructional Services.