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'Read By Grade Three' Legislation

Post Date:02/05/2020 4:11 PM
  • School NameElementary Education

teacher reading to studentsBeing a good reader is critical for a student to be successful in both school and in life. In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed the Third Grade Reading Law to ensure that students are reading at-or-above grade level when they exit third grade. In accordance with the law, Plymouth Canton Community Schools assesses the reading skills of students in kindergarten through third grade throughout the school year. The intent is to help identify students who may need additional support in learning to read. The results of the assessments provide useful information to help teachers better meet the individual needs of each student.

The law states that beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, third graders may be identified using the Michigan Department of Education criteria to repeat third grade if they are behind in reading. This determination is based on a student’s Spring M-STEP reading score. M-STEP Criteria (Google Doc).

The links below offer families additional information and resources to better understand the impact this legislation may have on students. Families with specific questions related to their child’s reading progress should contact the classroom teacher or the building principal. General questions or additional information related to the legislation and the notification process can be directed to Maureen Molloy, Director of Elementary Education at maureen.molloy@pccsk12.com

P-CCS Read By Grade Three Parent Information  (Google doc)
P-CCS Letter from Superintendent (PDF)
Sample Good Cause Exemption letter (Google doc)

Michigan Department of Education Guide for Families (PDF)
Michigan Department of Education Facts for Families (PDF)
M-Step Testing Calendar and Information (PDF)
General Michigan Department of Education Informational Video (YouTube) and below