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Legislative Action Alert – AB 1069

By Dee Pettack | February 19, 2024

Good Afternoon,

This week the Assembly will likely be wrapping up their work for the 2023-25 legislative session.  It is very important that AB 1069, as amended, make it to the floor this week.  The amendment added to the bill removes the requirement for school districts to administer the first reading screener of the 2024-25 school year.  I encourage everyone to contact their legislators and ask that this bill be scheduled for a floor vote on 2/22 in the Assembly. 

As you know, the screener will not be chosen until July 1st at the earliest, which leaves very little time to properly implement the assessment, train staff, and make any necessary technology upgrades. As amended to AB 1069 that would remove the first screening date (as specified in 118.016(3)(a)1.) for the 2024-25 school year to allow schools time to prepare for the change required by 2023 Act 20. Moving to a universal screener will provide great benefits to Wisconsin learners. It will also require a change for many of our districts. Currently, districts are allowed to select their early literacy screeners and are only required to administer the screener once a year. The department anticipates meeting its legal deadline to select the universal screener by July 1, 2024.

Given contract timing, training on the reading screener would not be able to occur until August. Schools will also be working to implement science-based early literacy instruction and new reading intervention systems and structures at the same time. DPI wants to ensure that the first administration of the screener is successful. Successful administration requires educators and schools to have adequate time for training. We believe that giving districts additional time to train staff on the use of the screener and on how to use the screener to create personal reading plans will amount to better service and support for our learners. That is the goal we all share.

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