K-3 Reading Success Page


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

 a one-page summary of the 3rd Grade Reading Law here.

Read at Home Plan for Student Success - click here.

Kids Reading Books

GREAT Tip sheet to help you help your child become a successful, confident reader - click here.

"Helping Your Child Become a Reader"





PTO Parent Guides for Student Success

MeL Michigan eLibrary
Michigan eLibrary

Visit www.kids.mel.org and click on "Homework Helpers" to access the resources listed below.

BookFlix: Pre-K through 3rd Grade: An interactive experience that allows beginning readers to explore fiction and non-fiction designed to increase understanding and fluency. Increase comprehension and have fun at the same time!

Britannica Learning Zone: Pre-K through 2nd Grade: Activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills. Letters, numbers, geography, shapes and much more are included. (School code is mel5.)

World Book Kids: Pre-K through 5th Grade: Contains nine content categories: Pictures and Videos, World of Animals, Activities, Maps and More, Games, Important People, Compare Places, Science Projects, and Dictionary.

Kids Infobits: Pre-K through 5th Grade: Full text. Especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history sports and more. Curriculum-related and age appropriate content is from the best elementary reference sourcs and magazines.

World Book Early World of Learning: Pre-K through 3rd Grade: Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world learning about colors, numbers and other fun things. Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos. Explore the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers.
Home School Connection


Dear Avondale Parent or Guardian:

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 school year 2019-20.  This legislation will affect students who entered kindergarten in the 2016-17 school year, and will continue for all future classes.   In accordance with PA 306, and as a means of better informing classroom instruction, districts will be required to administer state approved reading assessments to K-3 students beginning in the year 2017-18.  These assessments will identify students who need intensive reading instruction and intervention and will also provide useful information to help teachers tailor instruction to meet individual student needs.

In 2017-18, all K-3 students will be assessed at the beginning, middle and end of the school year using designated assessments. Districts must identify students with early literacy delays. The law requires the development of Individual Reading Intervention Plans for K-3 students with reading deficiencies.   Regular communication with parents/guardians must include information about current services being provided, additional reading supports, and strategies to support literacy at home, including Read-At-Home plan, https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4gufmQtbHFQSmVuYnhicWM3ajQ/view).

Beginning in 2019-20, per state legislation, the standardized state assessment that all 3rd grade students take at the end of the year in reading will be used to determine promotion to 4th grade. If a student is reading below third grade level at the end of 3rd grade, the parent will be informed in writing by the state of Michigan that his/her child will not be promoted to 4th grade.  In certain circumstances, a student may be eligible for an exemption.

Literacy instruction must be a major focus in grades K-3. Students need strong reading skills in order to learn in all other school subjects, such as science, social studies, writing and math, and we look forward to collaborating with you to promote literacy and a love of reading in each child.  Much work is being done to ensure success of our K-3 students throughout the district.  The Avondale School District will continue to update parents and guardians as it prepares for the implementation of the “Third-Grade Retention Law”.  Click here to view the law in its entirety.  

James J. Schwarz, Ph.D. , Avondale School District Superintendent
Carmen Kennedy, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Marcia Hudson, Elementary Literacy Consultant

Download a printable copy of the letter here.

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

To view an UPDATE to the summation of the 3rd Grade Reading law (PA 306) presented last year click here.

Capitol Building with a Check
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.