Third Grade Reading Law
In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed “Read by Grade Three” legislation in an effort to ensure that students exit 3rd grade reading at or above grade level. The legislation requires that districts administer reading assessments for students in Kindergarten Plus through third grade to identify students who may be in need of additional help to reach grade level benchmarks. The law also states that third graders may repeat third grade if they are more than one grade level behind on the English Language Arts M-STEP assessment in the spring of third grade. Please read on for answers to commonly asked questions related to Michigan’s “Read by Grade Three” legislation.
- How are students identified as having areas of concern in reading?
- If my third grader has an Individual Reading Improvement Plan, does that mean they are going to be identified for possible retention?
- How are students identified for possible retention at the end of third grade?
- What can I do if the state identifies my third grader for retention but I do not want them retained?
- Where can I go for additional information about the Read by Grade Three legislation?
Read by Grade Three Law Resources:
- February 2020 Parent Letter (Arabic)
If you have questions about your specific student, please contact your building principal. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Michigan's Read by Grade Three legislation.