The following is a release from the Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education.
The below statements of support were issued by state and local education leaders in response to Senate Bill 387, the Excellent Public Schools Act, which Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law Friday afternoon. With near unanimous support in both chambers of the General Assembly, SB 387 allows for the science of reading to guide the teaching of how children learn to read. The framework of this legislation, which includes the science of reading and an emphasis on teacher instruction and preparation, is supported by years of work from the State Board of Education, the UNC System, the Department of Public Instruction, and education leaders and partners across the state.
Echoed throughout the leaders’ comments below is their support of the science of reading, which research has shown to be highly effective in developing students’ reading proficiency through high-quality, evidence-based instructional methods.
SB 387 provides a comprehensive plan for turning years of recommendations, across education partners and groups, into practice. This legislation equips teachers to support students through research-based methods of early literacy instruction.
Jill Camnitz, State Board of Education Member and Chair of the Student Learning and Achievement Committee:
“In the spring of 2019, in response to reading proficiency scores that were not improving, the State Board went to work. The board adopted a nine-point framework for improving early literacy. DPI was charged with