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Reading Improvement Act at Bennet Elementary

This fall marked the second year for Bennet Elementary's implementation of the Nebraska Reading Improvement Act.  This act was implemented by the Department of Education in 2018.  The goal of the act is to provide interventions for students in grades K-3 who test below grade level on a standardized reading assessment.  The hope is that all students will be proficient in reading by the end of 3rd grade.  The DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) reading assessment is given to students in the fall and winter, and those scores are used to help qualify students for the reading act.  These scores also help group students into intervention groups by their area of need.  Each student who qualifies has an Individualized Reading Improvement Plan.  This plan includes reading assessment scores and goals, reading areas to improve on, intervention information, and progress updates.  More information on the reading act can be found on the Department of Education website: https://www.education.ne.gov/nebraskareads/