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Move On When Reading

Move on When Reading

Dear K-3 Parents,

 This letter is to provide you with information on Arizona’s Move on When Reading (MOWR) legislation and the importance it places on your child’s ability to read at or above grade level by the end of 3rd grade.  Arizona Revised Statute §15-701 states that if a student scores below the cut score on the reading portion of the 3rd grade AzMERIT exam, he/she will not be promoted to the 4th grade until sufficient progress is made to demonstrate that the student is reading proficiently.

 There are four exemptions to retention in ARS §15-701. In accordance with the law, a school district governing board or the governing body of a charter school is permitted to promote a student who fails to meet the cut score on the reading portion of the 3rd grade AzMERIT exam for any of the four following reasons:

 (i)                 A third grade student is an English Language Learner or is Limited English Proficient and has received fewer than two years of English instruction; or

 (ii)               A  third grade student with disabilities has an individualized education plan (IEP), and the IEP team, which includes the student’s parent/guardian, agrees that promotion is appropriate; or

 (iii)             A third grade student is in the process of a special education referral or evaluation for placement in special education and/or students that have been diagnosed as having a significant reading impairment, including dyslexia; or

 (iv)              A third grade student has demonstrated or subsequently demonstrates sufficient reading skills or adequate progress towards sufficient reading skills of the 3rd grade reading standards as evidenced through a collection of reading assessments approved by the State Board. 

 Additional information about Arizona’s Move on When Reading legislation can be obtained on the AZ Department of Education Website.

 Maricopa Unified School District recognizes the important role of parents in a child’s education and we value the collaborative partnership between home and school.  Our district offers a solid reading curriculum, strategies to monitor the progress of each child and individual student intervention systems that are built into daily instruction.  You will be kept informed of your child’s progress on a regular basis by your child’s classroom teacher.

 Core Reading Program

Maricopa Unified School District provides a comprehensive reading program to all students that include the key components of early literacy skills: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension.  In addition, Maricopa Unified provides tiered reading instruction through school wide response to intervention and small group instruction.  Individual intervention plans are created to support struggling readers to intervene before state testing takes place.  




Gretchen Brown
Director of Multiple Projects
Maricopa Unified School District 20
44120 W. Maricopa Casa-Grande Hwy.
Maricopa AZ 85138
Office: 520-568-5100 Ext. 1009 



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