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BP 6142.91


Reading/Language Arts Instruction


The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) recognizes that reading and other language arts constitute the basic foundation for learning in other areas of study. The County Board desires to offer a comprehensive, balanced reading/language arts program that ensures all students have the skills necessary to read fluently and for meaning and develops students’ appreciation for literature.  The program shall integrate reading and oral and written language arts activities in order to build effective communication skills.


For each grade level, the County Board shall adopt academic standards that meet or exceed Common Core State Standards in the following strands:


  1. Reading: Foundational skills, text complexity and analysis, and the growth of                   comprehension


  1. Writing: Text types, responding to reading, production and distribution of writings, and   research


  1. Speaking and listening: Oral language development, comprehension, flexible         communication, and collaboration


  1. Language: Conventions, effective use, knowledge of language, and vocabulary



The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the district’s reading/language arts program offers sufficient access to standards-aligned textbooks and other instructional materials. The program shall provide instructional materials of varying levels of difficulty, including fiction and nonfiction works, so that students are continually reading at an appropriate level. In addition, technology should be available to support all areas of literacy.


Teachers are expected to use a variety of instructional strategies to accommodate the needs of beginning readers and the varying abilities of more advanced readers. The program shall provide ongoing diagnosis of students’ skills and, as needed, may provide supplementary instruction during the school day.


The Superintendent or designee shall make available professional development opportunities that are designed to provide instructional staff with knowledge about how students develop language skills, the ability to analyze students’ literacy levels, and mastery of a variety of instructional strategies and materials.


The Superintendent or designee shall provide the County Board with data from state and San Benito County Alternative Education reading assessments and program evaluations to enable the County Superintendent to monitor program effectiveness.




Legal Reference:


41505-41508  Pupil Retention Block Grant

41530-41532  Professional Development Block Grant

44735  Teaching as a Priority Block Grant

44755-44757.5  Teacher Reading Instruction Development Program, K-3

51210  Areas of study, grades 1-6

51220  Areas of study, grades 7-12

60119  Sufficiency of textbooks and instructional materials

60200.4  Fundamental skills

60207  Curriculum frameworks

60350-60352  Core reading program instructional materials

60605  State-adopted content and performance standards in core curricular areas

60605.8  Common Core standards

99220-99221  California Reading Professional Development Institutes

99230-99242  Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program (AB 466 trainings)


11980-11985  Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program (AB 466 trainings)

11991-11991.2  Reading First achievement index


6381-6381k Even Start Family Literacy Program

6383  Improving literacy through school libraries


Policy Adopted: 12-14-17