K-3 Reading Success Page

Reading Success

"The more you read the more things you know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go." ~ Dr. Seuss

Read at Home

Read at Home Plan for Student Success - click here.

starfall.com/ opened in 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics.

pbskids.org/lions/ provides fun activities and games you can do with your children to help them learn to read and write. 

bookadventure.com is a free reading motivation program for children in grades K - 8. 

Home School Connection

Children from professional families have heard 30 million more words by the time they are three years old than those from families in poverty.

Students who are not proficient readers by 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school.

In 2015-16, less than 1/2 of Michigan 3rd graders scored at or above proficiency on the 3rd grade state ELA assessment.

For 85-90% of poor readers, intervention and support programs implemented before 3rd grade can increase reading skills to average grade levels.

Children spend 15% of their lives from age five to age 16 in school and 85% with families, parents and communities.

Public Atct 306

3rd Grade Reading Legislation in Michigan
Public Act 306
(To read Public Act 306 (formerly HB 4822 click here.)

  • Signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder on October 6, 2016.
  • Attempts to ensure that more students will achieve a score of at least proficient in ELA on the third grade state assessment.
  • Requires implementation of many Multi-Tiered System of Support elements to ensure early intervention of at risk students.
  • Legislates a process to retain students that fail to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.

in Brief
In 2016, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed Public Act 306 into law. Public Act 306 of 2016 requires that all third grade students not scoring proficient on the third grade state assessment be retained. The law requires that school districts incorporate certain key elements into a multi-tiered system of support to ensure reading success by the time students are ready to advance from 3rd to 4th grade.

The four key elements include:
  1. Provide evidence-based, comprehensive core reading instruction that meets the needs of the majority of students in the classroom.
  2. Utilize assessments to screen, diagnose and progress monitor student growth at least three times a year.
  3. For students identified as having reading delays, an individual reading intervention plan needs to be developed to layer on reading supports and interventions that ...
    1. accelerate student learning to read at grade level;
    2. provide intensive development in the five major reading components (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension);
    3. are systematic, explicit, multi-sensory and sequential; and
    4. intensify the frequency, grouping formats, instructional focus, explicitness, and assessment of instruction based on student need, supplementing core reading instruction.
  4. Notify parents and provide supports for reading at home.