Michigan's "Read By Grade Three" Law

In 2016, Michigan Legislature passed a bill to ensure that all children exiting 3rd grade are proficient in reading.  Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, students performing at least one grade level behind on the year end state assessment are at risk of not being promoted to 4th grade.  School staff is required to provide ongoing assessment for all students in Y5-3 and inform parents of student difficulty by creating an IRIP (Individualized Reading Improvement Plan).

ZPS approaches this legislation not as a requirement, rather an opportunity to provide the best possible reading instruction for all students.  We are dedicated to using the assessment data gathered to plan for core instruction and interventions that best support student learning.  We will continue to partner with parents to ensure success for all.

Google DocLetter to Young 5's Parents


Additional Information:


Read at Home Plan

The 3rd Grade Reading Law requires the school to provide an at-home reading plan for a student with an Individualized Reading Improvement Plan (IRIP). Your child's teacher will discuss this plan with you.

Recently, the Howard Miller library staff collaborated with ZPS Reading Specialists to create “Fun on the Run” packs that correlate directly with reading skills highlighted within the 3rd Grade Reading Law.  Each pack focuses on one of the essential literacy skills listed below. Bookmarks with additional online resources are available for parents interested in practicing these skills in fun ways over the summer.  Essential skills include:

Motivation & Engagement
Oral Language
Phonological Awareness

PDF DocumentHoward Miller Collaboration Brochure

Staff Contacts

For additional information and support, please contact your building principal, Reading Teacher or District Literacy Coach:

Julie Paterick