Third Grade Reading Law

In October 2016, Public Act 306 (Third Grade Reading Law) was signed into law. The law has many aspects that are geared toward achieving literacy success for students in grades K-3. The major component of the law requires that 3rd grade students who do not pass the State of Michigan Reading Assessment beginning in the spring of 2020 are retained (held back from going on to 4th grade the following year). Parents should note that there are several "good cause exemptions" that would allow students to proceed to fourth grade. All students in grades K-3 must be assessed, using Michigan Department of Education (MDE) approved diagnostics. Based on these assessments, students in grades K-3 who have identified having a "reading deficiencies" are to be placed on Individual Reading Improvement Plans (IRIP).

RRSD approaches this legislation not as a requirement, rather an opportunity to provide the best possible reading instruction for all students.  We are dedicated to using the assessment data gathered to plan for core instruction and interventions that best support student learning.  We will continue to partner with parents to ensure success for all.