Michigan’s Read By Third Grade Law-Public Act 306

District Task Force: Read By Third Grade

All staff and parents are invited to participate in a Read By Third Grade Task Force.  The first meeting is at ASC on January 10th, 2019 from 4-5:30 in the Board room #4.  The goal is to ensure communication of the existing legislation and to examine teaching and learning at school and home to ensure that parents and teachers are partners in helping every student gain proficiency.

Please register using the survey at the link here.

Public Law 306

Under the law, to be promoted to fourth grade, a third grade student has to meet at least one of the following:

–          Be less than a year behind in reading on the ELA portion on the state MSTEP

–          Perform at third grade or better reading level on an alternate standardized test, yet to be designated by the state

–          Have a portfolio with multiple work samples showing student application of third-grade reading and writing standards

–          Be proficient on the state math assessment and have a portfolio showcasing science and social studies work

–          Be from a non-English speaking home and have received English language assistance for less than three years

–          Have been in the district less than two years and did not have an individualized reading plan at the previous school

–          Was previously retained a grade

–          Has a disability identified in a 504 plan

–          Has been identified with a disability and has an Individualized Education Plan.

Public Act 306

In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed a law that
requires schools to identify learners who are struggling with
reading and writing and to provide additional help. The
law states that third graders may repeat third grade if they
are more than one grade level behind beginning with the
2019-2020 school year. These Facts for Families help families
understand the Read by Grade Three Law so they can support
their child.


Introduction to the Read by Grade 3 Guide
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has compiled resources and responses to
frequently asked questions answers regarding MCL 380.1280f, referred to as the “Read by
Grade Three” law. The purpose of this guide is to support district implementation of the
legislation by providing current information.
As new information and resources become available, this guide will be updated. Please send any
questions regarding this guide to MDE-EarlyLiteracy@michigan.gov.

Click here for an informational video.



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