Read By Grade Three Law
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.
Please review the brief overview video below for a more detailed explanation and then check out some of the other resources to help you better understand how this law may impact your child and support methods for improving reading skills at home.
Parents are encouraged to review the parent guide, provided via download below, from the Genesee Intermediate School District that provides specific activities for parents to help their children with building reading skills:
If parents, still have additional questions, they are encouraged to check in with their child's teacher or principal for assistance or additional explanation!
Please review some of the resources that have been made available by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for parents to better understand the "Read By Grade Three Law" and to support their child through the reading skills development process:
For those parents of Gr. 3 students who are "Not There Yet" with regard to being at grade-level, you may benefit from reviewing the following MDE resource that addresses possible exemption status.