State schooling leaders specific help for SB 387

The following is a notice from the Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education.

The following statements of support were made by state and local education leaders in response to Senate Bill 387, the Excellent Public Schools Act, which Governor Roy Cooper incorporated into law Friday afternoon. With almost unanimous support in both chambers of the General Assembly, SB 387 enables the science of reading to guide the teaching of how children learn to read. The framework of this legislation, which includes the science of reading and an emphasis on the instruction and preparation of teachers, is backed by years of work by the State Board of Education, the UNC system, the Department of Public Instruction, and educational leaders and partners in all The state supports areas.

The ladder’s comments below acknowledge their support for the science of reading, which has been proven to be extremely effective in improving students’ reading literacy through high quality, evidence-based teaching methods.

SB 387 provides a comprehensive plan to put years of recommendations into practice between educational partners and groups. This legislation enables teachers to support students through research-based methods of early literacy education.


Jill Camnitz, Member of the State Board of Education and Chair of the Student Learning and Achievement Committee:

“In the spring of 2019, the State Board got to work in response to the non-improving reading scores. The board passed a nine-point framework to improve early literacy. DPI was tasked with developing action steps for each of the priorities. In addition, a literacy task force was formed to make recommendations for changes in the preparation and licensing of educators to help improve K-3 reading instructions. … In the past two years we have learned from countries that have seen strong growth in reading, where teaching is guided by the science of reading. We know from them that there has to be close coordination between the three branches of government to be successful, along with the support of educational partners, philanthropy and the business community. It is our strength that this alignment exists in North Carolina. We appreciate the work of the General Assembly for its recent legislation that supports our work and unifies our approach to meeting our students’ reading needs through the science of reading. “

Kim Morrison – Superintendent of Mount Airy City Schools:

“We support Senate Bill 387 and the Science of Reading approach to provide research-based strategies in the hands of skilled educators to fill the void. We believe that Pre-K through Grade 3 is a critical time in raising a child and we know that each individual child needs to be supported by proven interventions. If ever there was a time we must come together to promote literacy for all children. That time is now! “

Joint statement, Ann Clark and Crystal Hill:

Ann Clark – Former Co-Chair of the State Board of Education’s Literacy Task Force:

Crystal Hill – Former Co-Chair of the State Board of Education’s Literacy Task Force, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Education for Cabarrus County:

“We have had the privilege of leading a team of excellent college and K-12 educators to provide recommendations on literacy in professional development, curriculum and teaching resources, and pre-service preparation and licensing to the North Carolina State Board of Education . SB 387 echoes some of the recommendations made by the North Carolina State Board of Education’s Task Force on Literacy and Literacy and will train students on the path to developing a strong reading base. “

Eric Davis, Chairman of the State Board of Education:

“As we move from previous approaches of helping readers with difficulty to one that addresses the underlying cause of low reading rates for many students, we need to make sure we have a comprehensive plan to provide guidelines put into practice. This requires extensive planning to ensure that the appropriate parties are involved and heard in order to change the system of literacy support in our state. With colleagues on the State Board, we would like to express our appreciation to the three branches of government for offering their support and working together with a common vision to meet this imperative need of our students. “

Catherine Truitt, North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Education:

“Data shows that teaching a child how to read before third grade is the most important indicator of success in the child’s later life. This is why SB 387 is so important – this is how we do our part to prepare our children for long-term success, regardless of which path they choose or what career they pursue. This legislation forms the basis for training educators and administrators in science-based methods of literacy teaching to ensure that our educators are well equipped and our students are well supported. The Department of Public Instruction, along with the State Board of Education, is thrilled to be a partner who will help solidify the work that countless others have honed and recommended for years. Today is really a great day for our public education students. “

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) is mandated to enforce state school laws for preschool kindergartens through 12th grade public schools under the direction of the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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