Early Literacy Implementation (ELI)
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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.
- Early Literacy Guidance (2014-08-26) provides the specific requirements and permitted actions by public school districts, frequently asked questions, and definition of terms.
- Early Literacy Implementation - Budget Guidance provides districts with a brief guide regarding how best to use funds.
- Early Literacy Implementation - IowaGrants Access Instructions provide brief instructions on how to submit for funds. For questions regarding this process, contact Meredith MacQuigg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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: https://iowa.adobeconnect.com/_a830042961/idoe. 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.
- Identification of students with substantial deficiency: January 30th and February 6th from 2-3:30 pm
- Iowa TIER Q/A: Every Friday from 3:30-4:30 through February 6th.
Archived Webinars,Supporting Documents, and Information
Early Literacy Guidance Webinars
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.
- Technology Requirements
- Technology Requirements for Iowa TIER and FAST - Lists specific technology requirements to access Iowa TIER and FAST .
- Technology Requirements for Iowa TIER and IGDIs - Lists specific technology requirements to access Iowa TIER and IGDIs.
- Setting Up an A&A Account
- Instructions for school leaders running “portal parties” - assisting in setup of individual A&A accounts
- Video addressing basic A&A setup: http://vimeo.com/iowatier/review/99264352/f283033346
- Video addressing common A&A problems: http://vimeo.com/iowatier/review/99264353/902dab3d7f
- Directions to set up data flow to Iowa TIER - Includes timeline and due dates.
- Required Data Entry in SIS for Iowa TIER 2014-2015
- Infinite Campus directions for adding Iowa TIER roles
- PowerSchool directions for adding Iowa TIER roles
- Additional Access setup steps for Powerschool Users
- JMC directions for adding Iowa TIER roles
- Iowa TIER is the state's database through which districts may access FAST and IGDIs.
- Formative Assessment System for Teachers or FAST is the state’s universal screening assessment and progress monitoring assessment for Kindergarten through Sixth grade students.
- 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 email@example.com and support personnel will get back to you as soon as possible.