Michigan Education Committee on Passes Third Grade Literacy Bill

Michigan Education Committee on Passes Third Grade Literacy Bill

RELEASE: Excellence in Education Thanks Michigan Education Committee on Passing Third Grade Literacy Bill 

New legislation aims to ensure every Michigan child can read before leaving third grade

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, the Michigan House Education Committee passed HB 4822, legislation that would bring a command focus on K-3 reading to all Michigan elementary schools. Filed by Representative Amanda Price, this legislation was developed with recommendations from Governor Rick Snyder’s bipartisan Third Grade Reading Workgroup.

Alex Kelly, National Legislative Director for Excellence in Education (@Excel_National) issued the following statement:

“Reading is the key to success in academics and life. Failing to prepare children to read, especially as they move from third to fourth grade, places obstacles along their path to success. Nearly 90 percent of students nationwide who fail to earn a high school diploma were struggling readers in third grade. This is a bleak future that we can change for Michigan’s students with HB 4822.

“With more than $100 million in new funding for reading interventions already committed by the legislature in the annual budget, the Michigan House can ensure that these taxpayer dollars are spent wisely with passage of this bill. It provides a laser-like focus to identify students with reading difficulties early and provide the interventions they need to master basic reading skills by the end of third grade, setting them up for future academic success.

“Excellence in Education thanks Representative Amanda Price and the House Education committee for understanding how critically important it is to address the reading needs of Michigan students as early as possible. We encourage the full House of Representatives and Senate to move quickly on this legislation.”

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Learn more about the HB 4822:

  • The Department of Education shall develop a list of approved screening/diagnostic reading assessment systems to help teachers identify reading deficiencies and monitor student progress.
  • The Department of Education must develop a framework for districts to use reading coaches to provide quality, job-embedded professional development to K-3 teachers.
  • School districts must administer a screening assessment within the first 30 days of school to all K-3 students.
  • Any student identified with a reading deficiency must receive an individual reading plan. The plan will prescribe the intensive interventions that will be provided to the student.
  • Parents of students identified with a reading deficiency must be notified and involved in the development of the individual reading plan.
  • At the end of third grade, students are provided with multiple opportunities to demonstrate sufficient reading skills for promotion.
  • Any student not demonstrating required reading skills shall not be enrolled in fourth grade.
  • Students retained receive more time with more intensive interventions delivered by a highly effective teacher to help ensure success in fourth grade and beyond.
  • The bill includes good cause exemptions to recognize the needs of some students with disabilities, English Language Learners and students with previous retentions.

For more information, visit www.ExcelNational.org