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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: June 22, 2021 10:43 AM
From: Representative Jason Ortitay
To: All House members
Subject: Early Literacy Pilot Program
 
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that creates an early literacy pilot program. Knowing how to read is pivotal and absolutely vital for a successful future. States across the country are enacting early literacy policies and programs recognizing the fundamental importance of achieving literacy by the end of third grade. Children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out or fail to graduate high school.  
 
Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year (if enacted), the PA Department of Education will work with willing school districts to address student reading needs. This program will focus on the “Science of Reading,” which is an evidence-based reading instructional practice that integrates listening, speaking, reading, spelling, and writing.  

Schools participating in the pilot program will select an in-district teacher who has demonstrated literacy success to work as a coach to be responsible for the implementation of the Science of Reading Program.  
 
Please join me in sponsoring this important piece of legislation.