29 school districts complete professional learning aligned to statewide improvements in students’ reading scores

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have given final approval to provisions aimed at improving a public school literacy program that’s yet to meet expectations.

The House approved a compromise measure Thursday, the day after a favorable Senate vote.

The bill adjusts the 2013 “Read to Achieve” program, which is championed by Republican Senate leader Phil Berger and is aimed at ensuring that students are reading-proficient by third grade.

The measure directs teachers to create tailored individual reading plans for at-risk children. It also seeks more training for teachers and gives them incentives to work in summer reading camps.

Gov. Roy Cooper must now sign the bill to make it law. Some fellow Democrats were unhappy that an amendment allowing local school boards to decide on reading diagnostic tools was omitted.

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