2018 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 70. Schools
§70-1210.508E. Parental notification - Grade promotion - Summer academy programs - Expansion of requirements.

A. If a teacher determines that a third-grade student is not reading at grade level by the end of the second quarter of the school year, the parent or guardian of the student shall be notified of:

1. The reading level of the student;

2. The program of reading instruction for the student as required pursuant to the Reading Sufficiency Act; and

3. The potential need for the student to participate in a summer academy or other program designed to assist the student in attaining grade-level reading skills.

B. A teacher who determines a third-grade student is unable to meet competencies required for reading for completion of third grade and promotion to fourth grade may, after consultation with the parent or guardian of the student, recommend that the promotion of the student to the fourth grade is contingent upon the participation in and successful completion of the required competencies for reading by the student at a summer academy or other program. If the student does not participate in the summer academy or other program or does not successfully complete the competencies in the summer academy or other program, the student shall be retained in the third grade as set forth in Section 1210.508C of this title.

C. Summer academy programs shall be designed to ensure that participating students successfully complete the competencies necessary in reading for promotion to fourth grade and to enhance next-grade readiness. A summer academy reading program shall be a program that incorporates the content of a scientifically research-based professional development program administered by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation or a scientifically research-based reading program administered by the State Board of Education and is taught by teachers who have successfully completed professional development in the reading program or who are certified as reading specialists.

D. School districts may approve an option for students who are unable to attend a summer academy. The optional program may include, but is not limited to, an approved private provider of instruction, approved computer- or Internet-based instruction, or an approved program of reading instruction monitored by the parent or guardian. School districts shall not be required to pay for the optional program, but shall clearly communicate to the parent or guardian the expectations of the program and any costs that may be involved.

E. Subject to the availability of funds, beginning one (1) year after implementation of this section, the requirements of subsection B of this section may be expanded to apply to fourth-grade student promotion to fifth grade. Each year thereafter, the requirements may be expanded by one grade level until the requirements apply to third-grade students through eighth-grade students. Summer academy programs shall be designed for each grade level. Nothing in this section shall prevent the State Board of Education or a school district board of education from utilizing private, local, or federal funds to implement this section.

F. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section which shall include requirements for instructional time for summer school programs, teacher qualifications, and evaluation of student achievement as a result of summer academy programs or other optional programs.

Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, § 54, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 201, § 7; Laws 2002, c. 212, § 2, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 434, § 25; Laws 2005, c. 385, § 3; Laws 2006, c. 146, § 2, emerg. eff. May 12, 2006; Laws 2008, c. 387, § 2, eff. July 1, 2008; Laws 2011, c. 171, § 3; Laws 2012, c. 171, § 3, eff. July 1, 2012.

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