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    Subdivision 1. Literacy goal. The legislature seeks to have Minnesota's children able to
read no later than the end of second grade.
    Subd. 2. Identification. For the 2002-2003 school year and later, each school district shall
identify before the end of first grade students who are at risk of not learning to read before the end
of second grade. The district must use a locally adopted assessment method.
    Subd. 3. Intervention. For each student identified under subdivision 2, the district shall
provide a reading intervention method or program to assist the student in reaching the goal
of learning to read no later than the end of second grade. District intervention methods shall
encourage parental involvement and, where possible, collaboration with appropriate school
and community programs. Intervention methods may include, but are not limited to, requiring
attendance in summer school and intensified reading instruction that may require that the student
be removed from the regular classroom for part of the school day.
    Subd. 4. Staff development. Each district shall identify the staff development needs to
ensure that:
(1) elementary teachers are able to implement comprehensive, scientifically based, and
balanced reading instruction programs that have resulted in improved student performance;
(2) elementary teachers who are instructing students identified under subdivision 2 are
prepared to teach using the intervention methods or programs selected by the district for the
identified students; and
(3) all licensed teachers employed by the district have regular opportunities to improve
reading instruction.
    Subd. 5. Commissioner. The commissioner shall recommend to districts multiple assessment
tools that will assist districts and teachers with identifying students under subdivision 2. The
commissioner shall also make available to districts examples of nationally recognized and
research-based instructional methods or programs that districts may use to provide reading
intervention according to this section.
History: 1Sp2001 c 13 s 12