(1) The center for the improvement of student learning, or its designee, shall develop and implement a process for identifying programs that have been proven to be effective based upon valid research in teaching elementary students to read. Additional programs shall be reviewed after the initial identification of effective programs.
(2) In identifying effective reading programs, the center for the improvement of student learning, or its designee, shall consult primary education teachers, statewide reading organizations, institutions of higher education, the *commission on student learning, parents, legislators, and other appropriate individuals and organizations.
(3) In identifying effective reading programs, the following criteria shall be used:
(a) Whether the program will help the student meet the state-level and classroom-based assessments for reading;
(b) Whether the program has achieved documented results for students on valid and reliable assessments;
(c) Whether the results of the program have been replicated at different locations over a period of time;
(d) Whether the requirements and specifications for implementing the program are clear so that potential users can clearly determine the requirements of the program and how to implement it;
(e) Whether, when considering the cost of implementing the program, the program is cost-effective relative to other similar types of programs;
(f) Whether the program addresses differing student populations; and
(g) Other appropriate criteria and considerations.
(4) The initial identification of effective reading programs shall be completed and a list of the identified programs prepared by December 31, 1996.