FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: Sept. 29, 2022 CONTACT: Amy Dowell | Amy@edreformnow.org
Statement on Release of Approved K-3 Reading Curricula in CT
September 29, 2022 — The Center for Literacy Research and Reading Success at the Connecticut State Department of Education announced on Thursday the approval of six K-3 Core Comprehensive Reading Curricula, in accordance with the state’s Right to Read legislation passed in June of 2021. All public school districts will be required to select from among these approved programs, beginning in the Fall of 2023. In reaction to this announcement, Amy Dowell—Director of Education Reform Now CT—made the following statement on behalf of the Right to Read CT Coalition:
"This is a very exciting day for Connecticut students. All early readers across our state will now benefit from a research-based approach to literacy, giving them the academic foundation they deserve. We know there is a right method for literacy instruction—one that’s backed up by evidence—and, starting in 2023, we will finally see all Connecticut public schools using it.
“We want to thank the incredible and devoted leadership at the Connecticut State Department of Education for steering this landmark effort—including Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker, the Interim Director of the Center for Literacy Research and Reading Success Melissa Hickey, the members of the Reading Leadership Implementation Council, Senator Patricia Billie Miller, and all the legislative champions that have brought the Science of Reading to every K-3 student in Connecticut."
The list of approved curricula can be found here.
About the Right to Read CT Coalition:
Connecticut students are facing unprecedented academic challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, and inequity is on the rise for students most in need. However, all students have a right to read, and there’s a right way to teach them. The Right to Read CT coalition has been established to raise awareness and build support for this critical agenda. To learn more about this work and our partners please visit the website, https://www.righttoreadct.org.