Read by Grade Three Law
In October of 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed Public Act 306, also known as the Read by Grade Three Law. This law is to ensure that children are reading at grade level by the time they leave third grade. Recently, both the House and Senate voted to remove the retention component of this law, and we are waiting for the Governor’s signature to finalize that change. Currently, all third graders take the M-STEP state assessment. This school year, Michigan third graders will demonstrate their reading ability on the spring state assessment in April, which will inform decisions about each child’s future placement and levels of support. Your partnership is important to your child’s reading success!
IN CEDAR SPRINGS
We align with the research about retention: it is not an effective method to help students master reading and be successful in the classroom. Our philosophy is to provide our students with a quality experience starting in Young-5s and Kindergarten. When we identify a student who is struggling in any subject area, we analyze the scenario in order to provide early intervention and support. Students who are identified by MDE for retention will be given the opportunity for additional summer support, and we will continue to support their learning the following school year with a highly effective teacher and the continuation of intensive, aligned intervention.
We are committed to…
- Literacy as a priority, important for students as they eventually prepare for careers and/or college.
- Teachers aligning instruction to the Early Literacy Essentials & the Science of Reading.
- Students participating in initial & extensive assessments to help teachers plan for each child’s reading needs.
- Providing intervention to students needing additional support— in the classroom by their teacher, through collaborative grade level intervention, and/or through reading support provided by the literacy interventionists.
- Detailing supports for students reading well below benchmark in an Individualized Reading Plan (IRP).
- Keeping open dialogue about student progress between teachers, interventionists, administrators, and parents.
- Parents play an important role in the process of growing children as readers.
- Continue reading daily with your child or listening to your child read aloud! Research shows that 20 minutes of reading outside of the school day makes a significant, life-long impact on student reading achievement.
Thank you for partnering with us as we cultivate learners who thrive within their communities!