Governor Ivey Champions Early Education, Signs First Grade Readiness Bill into Law

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MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed House Bill 113, the First Grade Readiness Bill, into law. Sponsored by state Rep. Pebblin Warren, this new law provides for a readiness assessment for first graders who did not attend kindergarten, ensuring early educational intervention for children who need it.

“The First Grade Readiness Bill is a strategic and thoughtful approach to early education in Alabama. This is common sense legislation – no child should start behind,” said Governor Ivey. “By taking proactive steps now to lay a strong foundation from the very beginning, we will not be forced to make reactive moves later. Our children deserve no less than our best efforts right from the start.”

HB113, which passed the Alabama Legislature with overwhelming support, aims to bridge the educational gaps evident in early grades. The readiness assessment, developed by the Alabama State Department of Education, will measure crucial developmental and physical skills necessary for first grade. Students who have completed kindergarten will be exempt from this testing.

“I applaud Governor Ivey for supporting and signing HB 113,” said state Rep. Pebblin Warren. “After years of work on this subject, I was determined not to give up on our kids! This new law will ensure students are truly prepared to enter the first grade. I’m confident this will strengthen our education system and prevent future retention among our younger students.”

The readiness assessment will first be administered in the 2025-2026 school year.

Media Release/Office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

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