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Legal Requirements

Iowa Code section 279.68 and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 62 promote effective evidence-based programming, instruction and assessment practices across schools to support all students to become proficient readers by the end of the third grade. General requirements of Iowa Code section 279.68 and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 62 are listed below. All requirements go into effect immediately and are expected to be implemented no later than August 1, 2014 unless otherwise indicated.

  • Provision of universal screening in reading for students in kindergarten through third grade
  • Progress monitoring for students who exhibit a substantial deficiency in reading
  • Provision of intensive instruction – including 90 minutes daily of scientific, research-based reading instruction - for students who exhibit a substantial deficiency in reading
  • Notice to parents that a student exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading, including strategies the parents can use at home to help the child succeed
  • Notice to parents of such a student’s subsequent progress
  • Provision of an evidence-based summer reading program for students who exhibit a substantial deficiency in reading (Effective May 1, 2017)
  • Retention of any student who is not proficient in reading by the end of the third grade, did not attend the summer reading program, and does not qualify for a good cause exemption from the retention requirement (Effective May 1, 2017)



The purpose of the guidance documents are to aid Iowa’s public school districts in (1) interpreting and implementing Iowa Code section 279.68, and (2) determining how best to use the funds provided by this code.

  1. Early Literacy Guidance (2014-08-26) provides the specific requirements and permitted actions by public school districts, frequently asked questions, and definition of terms.
  2. Early Literacy Implementation - Budget Guidance provides districts with a brief guide regarding how best to use funds.
  3. Early Literacy Implementation - IowaGrants Access Instructions provide brief instructions on how to submit for funds. For questions regarding this process, contact Meredith MacQuigg at
  4. ELI Guidance: Identification of Students with Substantial Deficiency


Technical Assistance Sessions

The Department is sponsoring several meetings/webinars during the 2014-2015 school year to review Iowa Code section 279.68 and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 62. Archived webinars are posted under Archived Webinars, Supporting Documents and Information. Access current webinars here: Please access the audio portion of the meeting by calling into a conference call number that will be posted within the webinar. Directions regarding audio access will be posted 10 minutes prior to the start time of each webinar.

• Determining Intervention Success: March 6th from 8:30-1:00
• Review of Substantial Deficiency, Parent Notification and Parent Contracts [repeat information]: March 25 from 10:00-11:30

Archived Webinars,Supporting Documents, and Information

Early Literacy Guidance Webinars

Date Topic and Webinar Link PowerPoint Documents
12/12/2013 Early Literacy Guidance 2013-12-12 PowerPoint N/A
09/05/2014 Students with Disabilities 2014-09-05 PowerPoint N/A
09/12/2014 Substantial Deficiency 2014-09-12 PowerPoint N/A
09/18/2014 Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring 2014-09-18 PowerPoint N/A
10/15/2014 Parent Notification 2014-10-15 PowerPoint Parent Notification Letter

School Family Partnership Sheet

11/12/2014 Preschool and Kindergarten 2014-11-12 PowerPoint Preschool and Kindergarten Guidance
11/12/2014 Parent Contract (there is no link to webinar recording) 2014-11-12 PowerPoint

Parent Letter and Contract Example

Title I-ELI Parent Letter and Contract Example

12/04/2014 Reviewed Intervention List 2014-12-04 PowerPoint Early Literacy Interventions Reviewed List
12/12/2014 Teacher Observation 2014-12-12 PowerPoint Teacher Observation Tool
12/15/2014 Reporting for Non-FAST Districts 2014-12-15 PowerPoint N/A
12/18/2014 SIS Data Hygiene    
01/09/2015 Iowa TIER Q&A    
01/23/2015 Iowa TIER Q&A    
02/06/2015 Identification of students as substantially deficient in the area of reading 2015-02-06 PowerPoint N/A
02/19/2015 Reporting for Non-FAST Districts 2015-02-19 PowerPoint N/A
03/06/2015 Determining Intervention Success 2015-03-06 Powerpoint

Foormanetal 2003

Intervention Effectiveness Protocol

Reviewed Literacy Interventions

Early Literacy Interventions Reviewed List - This document contains summary information regarding the Iowa Department of Education’s review of PK-12 literacy interventions.


Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring Assessments

Approved Literacy Assessments - A list of approved universal screening and progress monitoring assessments.

  1. Technology Requirements The following documents include supports for setting up staff access and other required data elements.
  2. Iowa TIER is the state's database through which districts may access FAST and IGDIs.
  3. Formative Assessment System for Teachers or FAST is the state’s universal screening assessment and progress monitoring assessment for Kindergarten through Sixth grade students.
  4. Individual Growth and Development Indicators or IGDIs is the state’s universal screening assessment for preschool four-year old children.


Iowa TIER and FAST/IGDIs Questions

Send email questions regarding Iowa TIER access and/or FAST/IGDIs universal screening administration to and support personnel will get back to you as soon as possible.


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 29, 2015 at 10:25pm.