Read by Grade Three Law

What is the Read by Grade Three Law?

In 2016 the Michigan Legislature passed a law requiring schools to identify and provide additional assistance to learners who are struggling with reading and writing.  The law states that third graders may be required to repeat third grade if they are more than one grade level behind beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.  

Michigan Department of Education has provided some materials in order to assist caregivers in preparing learners for reading and writing.  Check out the videos below to see how support from home can impact a child's engagement at school and visit the Read by Grade Three website here for more resources.  

Read by Grade Three Law Update

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-35 (COVID-19), specifically Section IX(C), strict compliance with rules and procedures around MCL 380.1280f(5) is temporarily suspended. This compiled law is best known as the Read by Grade Three Law. Section IX(C) of Executive Order 2020-35 relieves a district of the obligations imposed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year to retain a pupil in grade three. The Read by Grade Three law has as its foundation state testing, which is not taking place this spring."

For resources to help improve literacy at home, be sure to check out Michigan's Department of Education Support Summer Reading Page and Literacy Essential's Michigan Literacy Page.