The READ Act

  • According to the Minnesota Department of Education, "[the] Minnesota Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act, known as the READ Act, was passed and signed into law by Governor Tim Walz on May 24, 2023. The goal of this legislation is to have every Minnesota child reading at or above grade level every year, beginning in kindergarten, and to support multilingual learners and students receiving special education services in achieving their individualized reading goals. The READ Act replaces Read Well by Third Grade (RWBTG) and is in effect as of July 1, 2023."


    In our continued efforts to provide all students with instruction that produces positive outcomes, District 742 has taken the following steps to align with READ Act requirements and implementation guidelines:

    1. LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) training for all elementary reading instructors including special educators, EL teachers and reading support staff
    2. Creation of a LETRS Implementation Plan to support elementary instruction
    3. Support and coaching for elementary staff provided by grade-level academic leads
    4. CAREIALL (Advancing Language and Literacy) training for secondary special educators and EL staff
    5. Support and coaching for secondary staff provided by secondary literacy specialists
    6. Updated assessment and screening processes in place to ensure students with reading difficulties are identified and supported

Coffee Cast: Episode 3

Three kids holding books

FAQs: Parents & Community Members

  • What is the Science of Reading? 

  • How much time is allocated to reading instruction during the school day?

  • How will I know if my student needs reading support?

  • What does reading support look like in District 742?

  • What can I do at home to support my student with reading?

FAQs: 742 Instructional Staff

  • Where are we at in the curriculum review cycle for literacy resources?

  • What opportunities are available for my learning in the Science of Reading?

  • When do the new ELA Standards have to be implemented?