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Read By Grade Three

On October 6, 2016, Michigan became the 37th state to adopt third grade reading legislation; Public Act 306. Public Act 306 of 2016 (now referred to as MCL 380.1280f) attempts to ensure that more pupils will achieve a score of at least proficient in English language arts on the grade 3 state assessment. 

The biggest news about the RBG3 Law for the 2023-24 school year is that the 3rd grade retention component has been repealed and is no longer in effect. The state’s Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) will still notify any 3rd grade parent or legal guardian whose child  has a “reading deficiency” as determined by scale score performance on the spring 3rd grade ELA MSTEP. 

Reading instruction continues to be a major focus in grades BK-3. Students need strong reading skills in order to learn in all other school subjects, such as science, history, writing and math. Much work is being done to ensure the success of our BK-3 students and provide them with reading foundations.