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Article 4.5. The Early Intervention For School Success Program   

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(a) The Legislature finds that many public school pupils enrolled in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1 and 2 arrive at school with a wide variety of abilities and experiences that will influence the degree of their school success. In order for all pupils to meet the expectations of state standards, early intervention is necessary for many pupils to prevent them from being retained in a grade and failing in school.

(b) The development of reading and literacy skills is a priority for the education of all pupils and early intervention is necessary for many pupils to be successful readers.

(c) The Legislature also finds and declares that there is a need to do all of the following:

(1) To establish a system to assess pupils in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1 and 2 that measures their instructional levels and adapts instruction to prevent school failure, thus increasing achievement of state standards.

(2) To implement appropriate instructional programs that reduce the frequency and severity of learning problems for these pupils in later years.

(3) To reduce the likelihood that these pupils eventually will need to be placed in remedial programs with higher costs.

(4) To help schools adjust curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of these pupils to increase their achievement of state standards.

(5) To provide comprehensive parent education that defines home activities that support pupil learning.

(d) The Legislature further finds and declares that the Early Intervention for School Success Program is a model capable of providing a comprehensive range of training materials and services to accurately assess individual pupil instructional and developmental levels, provide information and strategies to enhance the development of reading and literacy skills for all pupils, provide comprehensive parent education resources, expand the knowledge and skills of school personnel to deliver appropriate interventions that will increase pupil achievement of state standards, and reduce the need for remedial programs for pupils in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1 and 2.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 955, Sec. 1.)