HR 650 has created the House Study Committee Literacy Instruction. This grew, in part, out of Science for Georgia’s 2021 Education and Workforce speaker series, attended by education experts, business leaders, and policymakers, including Lt Gov. Duncan. That was followed by a roundtable that Rep Gambill and Rep Evans, two of the resolutions sponsors, attended. At that roundtable, 20+ people agreed “we need to focus on getting kids literate – which means we need to focus on evidence-based literacy instruction, and we need to look all along the pipeline from birth to death.”
hr 650 stated goals
- Define evidence-based literacy instruction
- Understand impact of low-literacy on Georgia’s workforce competitiveness
- Identify all the programs that exist along the pipeline and understand how they can work together
- Examine how changes can be made to education standards to support evidence-based instruction and enable adaption as new science emerges
- Determine how Georgia can best support and expand local ecosystems to maximize potential and while enabling local flexibility
- Recommend actions and legislation as needed
Now it’s time to get to work!
Over the summer the study committee will meet 3 times and hear approximately 18 hours of testimony. Work is needed before, during, and after to facilitate a successful process where implementable solutions are identified and recommended.
Before the committee convenes in the summer, we are working with partners to:
- Identify an exhaustive list of people and organizations who are working at any point along the literacy pipeline.
- Create a list of questions that all people and organization should answer either in-person, or as a written submission.
- Compile background information.
We need your help in identifying people and organizations who have information to contribute.