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
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 (updated June 2015).
- Technology Requirements
- 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
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.
Regular School Year Screening Windows for 15-16
Assessment windows for 2015-16 have been determined. These windows apply to all districts, regardless of which approved assessment they are giving to students. We will be working with the extended school year sites in the coming weeks to set windows for those sites.
• Fall: September 7th through October 2nd
• Winter: January 18th through February 12th
• Spring: April 18th through May 13th
Certification Requirement for Administering FAST/IGDIs in 15-16
Iowa TIER will be requiring certification in order to administer FAST/IGDIs assessments during the 15-16 school year. The system will prevent a user from administering an assessment if he/she is not certified to administer that particular assessment. User certification will carry over from 13-14 and 14-15 into the 15-16 school year, so users who are already certified will continue to be certified in 15-16.