- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Bills intended to improve teacher evaluations and promote early learning and literacy have been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

One of the measures Fallin signed Wednesday extends for three years the use of reading teams meant to evaluate student literacy levels under the Reading Sufficiency Act.

It also begins the use of reading sufficiency teams beginning in the first grade to identify children who are struggling to read at grade-appropriate level. Previously, the use of reading teams began in the third grade.

The RSA is designed to ensure that children are able to read at grade-appropriate level before they reach the fourth grade.

Another bill amends current law by mandating that public school teachers and administrators will receive qualitative and quantitative ratings beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.

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