(UNDATED) - The Indiana Department of Education is taking public input on a plan designed to increase reading literacy among elementary students in the state.
Bill Stanczykiewicz with the Indiana Youth Institute says the plan is the result of a directive given by the Indiana General Assembly in the last legislative session.
The plan calls for schools to use existing money and resources remediation and summer school dollars to use scientific research-based programs to teach reading in kindergarten through 3rd grades.
The plan also advises students be retained in the 3rd grade if they cannot read at grade level by the 3rd grade.
Stanczykiewicz says that's the component that will likely generate the most debate.
Parents and concerned citizens are encouraged to read the plan and offer comment to the department of education.
The plan is available for viewing online at DOE's website.
A recent study indicates only 34% of Hoosier 3rd graders scored "proficient" on a nationwide reading exam.
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