Read by Grade 3 Law

In October 2016, The Michigan Legislature passed a critical law that will have tremendous implications upon current kindergarten students. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, third-graders could be retained if they demonstrate reading proficiency levels that are more than one level behind.

Early Literacy Bill

This early literacy bill requires districts and schools to assess the reading skills of all K-3 students at least three times per year in an effort to identify struggling students. Students experiencing deficiencies would be required to have an individual reading plan created in partnership with their teacher, the principal, and their parents. Parents will be provided with a “read at home” plan that would extend learning and strengthen reading skills, in addition to the interventions provided by the teacher and/or school’s literacy team.

Oakridge Public Schools recognizes the impact that this law could have on students and their families.  In an effort to provide guidance around the new early literacy law OPS has developed this website as a tool for students, staff, and families to provide resources that will provide strategies and activities to bridge  and strengthen home-to-school connections.