Third Grade Reading Law

Michigan's Third Grade Reading Law

In October 2016, The Michigan Legislature passed a critical law that will have tremendous implications on current first grade students.  Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year third graders could be retained if they demonstrate reading proficiency levels that are more than one year behind. 

The law requires that districts and schools assess the reading skills of all K-3 students at least three times per year in order to identify struggling students.  Students who are experiencing deficiencies will be required to have an individualized reading improvement plan that should be created in partnership with the principal, teacher and the parents of the child.  This plan would include steps for early interventions provided by the child's teacher, school, and literacy team. Parents will be provided a "read at home"  plan that would extend learning at home in an effort to strengthen the students reading skills. 

Berrien RESA recognizes the impact that this law could have on local school districts and their communities so we are providing resources that will support you as you move forward with your understanding of this law.  

Third Grade Reading Law

Third Grade Reading Bill
Third Grade Reading Law Frequently Asked Questions

District/School Resources

MDE Early Literacy
Third Grade Reading Guidance - Wayne RESA
Individualized Reading Improvement Plan Example
Powerschool Plug in Individualized Reading Improvement Plan

Parent Resources

Parent Poster Third Grade Reading
RESA Poster for parents-Spanish translation.docx.pdf

Contact Information

Christina Martin
English Language Arts Consultant
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 3109
Rebecca Miles
Early Literacy Consultant
Tel:  269-471-7725 ext. 3316

Rachel Pobuda
Early Literacy Consultant
Tel: 269-471-7725 Ext. 3138
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