DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The passing of the Alabama Literacy Act has allowed elementary school children to become more proficient readers as they continue through their education.

Since the law was implemented two years ago, Houston County Schools has seen improvement in their students across the board, and this success can be attributed to the ones who work with these students every day: the teachers.

“I do think we are doing a good job at improving reading,” Houston County Elementary Curriculum Corrector, Greg Yance said. “The teachers are learning the science of reading, how a child actually learns how to read, and using those key indicators has really helped the students.”

The Alabama Literacy Act is a law created to make sure students are proficient readers by the third grade, or risk being held back.

Houston County Schools is doing everything they can to ensure their students are prepared to advance in education, and that begins with reading.

“You learn to read, and from that point, you read to learn,” Yance said. “So we do encourage our math teachers, as well as our science teachers, social studies teachers to cover the reading standards, and when they see some that, they can cover in their classroom they are doing that.”

Yance says they won’t see the full extent of their progress until after standardized testing in the spring, but he is hopeful of the results, despite the learning gap caused by COVID-19.

“I still think COVID will have somewhat of an influence and we won’t be where we perhaps would’ve been without COVID,” Yance said. “But, I do think we are doing a good job in improving reading.”