Letter from Director Buck
I'm very proud of our hard work as an education system to make sure all
children read well by the end of third grade. Communicating this work to
parents and asking for their support is an important piece of our early
literacy efforts in Iowa. That's why I'm writing to ask for your help
in distributing the attached letter from me to parents in your area.
This letter explains why we are focusing on early literacy
in Iowa, how the early warning system for literacy is helping students
improve their reading skills as directed by a 2012 state law, and where
families can find reading resources to help at home. The letter also
brings attention to the parental notification component of the 2012 law.
Thank you in advance for your efforts to distribute this
letter to parents using the communication tools you see fit, including
email, online parent portals, newsletters and websites.
As the letter to parents emphasizes, it's critical that we
all work together to improve literacy -- especially in kindergarten,
first and second grades -- because prevention, not retention, is what