Third-Grade Reading Retention Law



Being a good reader is critical for children to be successful in school. In 2017, the Michigan Legislature implemented the Third Grade Reading Law to ensure that students exit third-grade reading at or above grade level, which will impact the current 2017-2018 first-grade students by the time they are in third-grade.  

In accordance with this law, and as a means of better informing classroom instruction, districts will be providing K-3 reading assessments to students across the state. These assessments will identify students who need intensive reading instruction and intervention, and will also provide useful information to help teachers tailor instruction to meet individual student needs.

Efforts on behalf of the district:

  • The District purchased new reading, writing and phonics units curriculum last year (for alignment of curriculum across WL).
  • The District purchased Literacy Footprints Intervention Kits for grades K and 1 for targeted intervention for students on plans.
  • Our Early Literacy Coach, is coaching our 12 elementary intervention paras on a weekly basis to support students on plans.
  • ESL paras were trained in using our new Phonics curriculum with EL students on plans in grades K-3.
  • Head Teachers/31A Specialists at 4 elementary schools are providing targeted supports to students on plans.
  • The Learning Services Department is analyzing word study curriculum options for grades 3-5.
  • Professional Learning sessions will be offered to teachers (grades K-5), necessary small group reading intervention.