A bill headed to Gov. Tony Evers’ desk, approved by the state Senate on Wednesday and the Assembly a week earlier, features a variety of new requirements for the state and local school districts on phonics-based reading instruction for 4-year-old kindergarten through third grade.
Third grade is widely considered a key turning point for literacy, when students move from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”
Evers has not yet announced whether he will sign the bill.
Below, the Cap Times explains what the legislation would mean for students, schools and families:
Legislation and Early Reading: Wisconsin’s odyssey continues