Elementary School Intensive Reading Program
(a) A school district that maintains any of kindergarten or grades 1 to 4, inclusive, may operate a program that provides multiple, intensive reading opportunities for pupils in any one or combination of kindergarten and grades 1 to 4, inclusive, including appropriate support to address the needs of English language learners. Funding for the program established pursuant to this article shall be provided pursuant to Section 42239.1.
(b) Pupils shall remain eligible for participation in the program established pursuant to this article for three calendar months after completing grade 4.
(c) The purposes of the program established pursuant to this article include, but are not limited to, both of the following:
(1) To provide pupils who are experiencing difficulty learning to read with increased instructional opportunities.
(2) To provide stimulating and enriching opportunities for all pupils to increase their reading skills and enhance their enjoyment of reading.
(d) (1) Instruction provided pursuant to the program established pursuant to this article shall be consistent with the standards for a comprehensive reading instruction program that is research-based, as described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (4) of subdivision (b) of Section 44259, and shall include all of the following components:
(A) The study of organized, systematic, explicit skills, including phonemic awareness, direct, systematic explicit phonics, and decoding skills.
(B) A strong literature, language and comprehension component with a balance of oral and written language.
(C) Ongoing diagnostic techniques that inform teaching and assessment.
(D) Early intervention techniques.
(2) Instruction provided pursuant to the program established pursuant to this article shall be consistent with state-adopted academic content standards and with the curriculum framework on English language arts adopted by the State Board of Education.
(Added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 2, Sec. 2.)