Dear Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grade Families:
Being a good reader is critical for a student to be successful in both school and in life. This letter serves as a point of information for families regarding the Michigan Third Grade Reading Legislation. 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 3rd grade. In accordance with the law, districts across the state assess the reading skills of students in kindergarten through 3rd grade at the beginning of the school year, winter, and spring. In Trenton, we have adopted the i-READY test for kindergarten through 3rd grade (assessment continues in the 4th and 5th grade with the MAP/NWEA).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. This has been ongoing in our district since the law passed.
Test scores are immediately available upon the completion of the test. In this way, teachers have been able to identify students that are lagging behind. Additionally, an Individual Reading Improvement Plan is created to address and support student areas of weakness and provide resources for parents and guardians (often referred to as an I-RIP). As you know, all 3rd grade students are required to take the state assessment (M-STEP) at the end of the year (for 3rd grade, it is in APRIL). Beginning with this school year, 3rd grade students who are one or more years below grade level in reading on the state assessment will not be eligible to be promoted to 4th grade. At that time, the family of a 3rd grade child who is not reading at grade level will receive written notice that their child will not be promoted (unless there is good cause for a student to be exempted). Given that reading proficiency is a strong predictor of future career and college readiness, literacy is embedded in all subject areas. Although the school focuses on early literacy throughout the school day, we still need your support. Family engagement plays a vital role in a child’s success as a reader. As a partner in your child’s education, we encourage you to communicate with your child’s teacher regarding their progress.
3rd Grade Reading Law
The Michigan Legislature passed the "Third-Grade Retention Law" (PA 306) in 2016 to ensure that students exiting 3rd grade are reading at or above grade level beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. Below is additional information explaining the details and expectations related to the law/legislation and how you can support your child at home.
Good Cause Exemption Process:
Should you have questions, please email or call me as per usual.
- Reading at Home Brochure
- Reading Tips for Parents of Toddlers
- Reading Tips for Parents of Kindergartners
- Reading Tips for Parents of First Graders
- Reading Tips for Parents of Second Graders
- Reading Tips for Parents of Third Graders
- Online Resources for Parents