New Nevada Law to Combat Illiteracy  
The Read by Three Act will identify and assist struggling readers

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed the Read by Three Act (SB 391) to improve early literacy and student achievement. The law includes early identification and parental notification of reading deficiencies, intensive reading interventions for students in need of additional support and, as a last resort, retention at the end of third grade with more intensive interventions.

“Under the leadership of Governor Sandoval, and with strong bipartisan support from the Legislature, Nevada is taking a critical step to ensure every student has basic reading skills by the end of the third grade and struggling students have the resources they need to become proficient readers, graduate high school and achieve future success. It is clear from the near-unanimous support of the Read By Three Act that Nevada’s leaders are putting the interests of students first in ensuring every child can achieve their full potential,” said Patricia Levesque, CEO for the Foundation for Excellence in Education ( @ExcelinEd).

Research demonstrates that students not reading proficiently by the end of the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. As an ExcelinEd signature policy , the goal of a comprehensive K-3 Reading policy is to provide intensive reading intervention for struggling K-3 students to ensure they have sufficient reading skills needed to succeed in fourth grade and later grades. The policy also requires third grade students be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate sufficient reading skills for promotion. As a last resort, retention can provide struggling readers the additional time, support and resources needed to catch up with their peers.

“Governor Sandoval has made literacy a priority since he first took office. Working with the Legislature, he has now codified and funded that commitment in ways that ensure all Nevada children will be reading at grade level and ready to learn as they progress through school,” said Nevada State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga.

Highlights of Nevada’s Read by Three Act include:

  • Struggling readers must be identified and provided intensive intervention in early grades to remedy reading deficiencies.
  • Parents must be notified each year, kindergarten through third grade, if their child is not reading on grade level.
  • Provides for progress monitoring plans established for struggling readers, which will prescribe the interventions that the school will provide to address their reading needs.
  • Learning support and professional development for additional instructional strategies for teaching struggling readers will be provided to teachers.
  • Third graders must demonstrate adequate proficiency before moving on to fourth grade.
  • Retained third graders will receive a different course of action with more intensive interventions.
  • Requires school districts and charter schools to report the number of students retained each year in third grade.


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New Research Demonstrates Value of an IB Education

Results Show DP Graduates Achieve at a High Level in Post-Secondary Education


Washington—May 26, 2015.  The International Baccalaureate (IB), a non-profit education foundation, has released new research demonstrating the positive impact that its Diploma Programme has on students as they enter their college career. The IB provides a continuum of education for students from Pre-K through high school that develops the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The study looked at the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of former Diploma Programme students in the United States.

The study examined the pathways and outcomes of DP students in the US who took the IB exams in 2008, and was conducted using student demographic and assessment data for DP students who registered to take the IB exams.

The results showed a positive relationship between DP participation and post-secondary success, namely:

  • 78 percent of DP students enrolled immediately in post-secondary education following high school graduation; the national enrollment rate was 69 percent.
  • Of these DP students, 95 percent immediately enrolled in a four year college; the national rate was 60 percent.
  • The first year retention rate of DP students was 98 percent; compared to the national retention rate of 77 percent.
  • The four year graduation rate among all DP participants (those who earned or attempted the DP diploma) was 79 percent, compared to 39 percent nationally.  The four year graduation rate for DP diploma earners was 84 percent.
  • The six year graduation rate among all DP participants (those who earned or attempted the DP diploma) was 83 percent.  The six year graduation rate nationally was 56 percent.

“This research provides tangible evidence of the value of an IB education,” said Drew Deutsch, Director of the IB for the Americas.  “The findings demonstrate that providing a rigorous academic programme taught in tandem with the ten attributes of the IB Learner

Profile – among them the importance of being an inquirer, a risk-taker, open-minded, reflective and balanced – combine to help shape a young adult who is prepared to succeed at a higher level.”

This year’s IB exams – given during the month of May – had over 140,000 participants globally.

A research brief on the findings can be read here. The full research report is available here.

About the International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate is a not-for profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For over 45 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalised 21st century, and for helping to develop the citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Founded in 1968, currently there are over 1 million IB students at over 3,800 schools in 147 countries across the world.


Odysseyware Online Courses Earn A-G Approval From University of California

28 approved courses available to secondary schools and students to access high-quality college prep curriculum


(CHANDLER, Ariz.) June 4, 2015 – Odysseyware, a leading online curriculum provider, has been granted “A-G” approval by the University of California (UC) for 28 of its online courses. The courses provide personalized instruction and a media-rich curriculum in core subject areas and electives as well as Career and Technical Education (CTE) that enable students to satisfy eligibility requirements for enrollment in the UC system and prepare for advanced study.


According to the University of California, A-G approved courses “are to be academically challenging, involving substantial reading, writing, problems, and laboratory work (as appropriate), and show serious attention to analytical thinking, factual content, and developing students’ oral and listening skills.”


“Our dedicated, expert team of educators and designers has created a diverse range of courses that meets the high academic standards for college-bound students established by the University of California for online and blended learning,” said Beth Te Grotenhuis, Odysseyware president and CEO of its parent company, Glynlyon. “Our flexible, engaging, and media-rich courses ensure students are ready for the rigors of college and life after graduation. We continually strive to expand offerings designed for the needs of today’s students.”


The Odysseyware courses that have received approval are:


History / Social Science


U.S. History Foundations to Present

World Civilizations

World Geography


English – 4 years required

English I CCSS

English II CCSS

English III CCSS

English IV CCSS



Algebra I CCSS

Algebra II CCSS


Geometry CCSS




Laboratory Science





Language Other than English

Spanish I

Spanish II

French I

French II



Agribusiness System

Civil War


Environmental Science

Introduction to Careers in the Health Sciences

Music Appreciation


Vietnam Era


The A-G subject area requirement is a combination of college-preparatory courses drawn from history/social science, English, math, laboratory science, foreign language, and visual and performing arts, as well as other electives that students must complete in order to apply for the UC. Courses from California high schools and online schools used to satisfy the A-G subject requirements must be approved by UC. Online course publishers are responsible for obtaining this approval on behalf of the schools, districts, and programs that purchase or license their courses. UC grants a three-year term to all online courses that have been approved for A-G purposes.


To receive this approval, Odysseyware courses have to meet two criteria: alignment with the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Standards for Quality Online Courses, as well as a rigorous review by the UC.


Visit for a complete list of courses available in California.


About Odysseyware

Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Odysseyware is an innovative, multimedia-enriched online curriculum. Completely web-based, Odysseyware provides 21st century educational solutions by offering the core subjects of history and geography, math, language arts, and science along with enriching electives, CTE, placement testing, diagnostics, and professional development. This curriculum is sold directly through regional education specialists. To learn more, visit or call 877-795-8904.