The 3rd Grade Reading Law is a hot topic in our state right now and will continue to remain in forefront of educators’ work as we near 2020, when third-grade students need to be proficient in reading on the state test in order to advance.
While that may seem like a long time away, it is imperative that all parents, teachers, school leaders, board members, and school management companies are well informed and know exactly what to do – TODAY!By now, schools should have completed the initial assessments to identify students who are deficient in reading. The next step is to administer an extensive assessment that has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education.
Teachers will then use data from both the initial and extensive assessments to create an Individualized Reading Improvement Plan (IRIP). All IRIPs must be completed within 30 days after the initial assessment has been completed. The Michigan Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MIBLSI) has provided an IRIP framework guide to help you develop your plans.
The IRIPs will be used to drive the interventions that are to occur outside of a student’s literacy block. Interventions must be explicit, systematic, multi-sensory, sequential and research-based. What Works Clearinghouse has conducted extensive research on the effectiveness of a variety of interventions.
It is also important that interventions continue outside of the school. Schools must notify parents if their children is displaying reading deficiencies and send them a Reading-At-Home plan. These plans are mandatory for third grade students and recommended for students in grade K-2. We found a good example of a Reading-At-Home plan that can be used as inspiration for your own plans.
If you have still have uncertainties about the law, you can always check for answers on the Third Grade Reading Law FAQ sheet. Additionally, keep an eye out for any upcoming webinars and other learning opportunities that will provide even more information about how to navigate the law.
Knowing how to support our students today can better prepare them for the future, and it is essential for all of us to work together to make Michigan students proficient in reading by 2020.