PUBLIC ACT 306 – Michigan’s Third-Grade Retention Law

Third Grade Reading Law Parent Toolkit and District Resources:,4615,7-140-28753_74161-498394–,00.html

Important Literacy Legislation

In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed the Third Grade Retention Law to ensure that students exit 3rdgrade reading at or above grade level. This legislation will affect 2016/2017 kindergarten students by the time they are in third grade. In accordance with this law, and as a means of better informing classroom instruction, districts will be providing K-3 assessments to students across the state. These assessments will identify students who are reading below grade level and in need of intensive reading intervention. They will also provide useful information to help teachers tailor instruction to meet individual student needs, and parents to help work with their child at home.

The Five Essential Components of Reading
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
Helping Your Child Become A Successful, Confident Reader

Read with your child every day!

Reading every day is crucial for beginner readers! This means during breaks and over the summer too! Summer Learning Loss is really hard on children. They lose 9 weeks or one quarter of progress by not reading in the summer.

What if my child gets stuck on words?

      • Be patient. Don’t just tell your child a word he/she doesn’t know. Here are some cues we use in the classroom and during reading interventions. You can remind your child to:
                • Look at the pictures for a clue.
                • Get your lips ready for that first sound. Don’t forget the last sound, too!
                • Look for familiar chunks to help figure out the word.
                • Can we flip that vowel sound? For example, change from the short a sound to long a.
                • Have your child skip the word and read ahead for clues. Then go back and think about the word again.
                • If it’s a difficult word, & these strategies don’t help, simply supply the word & go on.

        What if my child keeps reading words incorrectly?

                • Ask your child, “Does that sound right?” “Does that look right?” “Does that make sense?” Then try it again!

    How can I help my child understand what they are reading?

    To help your child with comprehension, make sure you always talk about the text before, during and after reading!

  • Try this before you read:
                • Talk about the title and cover. Make predictions about the text.
                • Look through the book together. Talk about how the book is organized. Is it fiction or non-fiction? Is there a table of contents or glossary to read? Are there any challenging words you already notice and could talk about?
    Try this while you read:
                • Stop every few pages to ask your child to retell you what they have read so far and to make predictions about what the author may write about next.
                • Occasionally, have your child stop and write about what they have read. This will build connections for not only comprehending what they read, but also sounding out words, and creating meaningful sentences and ideas in print.

    How can I help my child read fluently?

    To help your child with fluency, remind them that reading out loud should sound like you are talking. It should have flow and expression. Reading with fluency helps the reader bring the book “to life” and to reach deeper meaning.

    Try this:
                • Have your child compare their predictions with what really happened.
                • Retell the story, or the facts that they read about.
                • Help your child make connections. Did the book remind them of any other book they read, something that happened to them, or something else in the world?
                • Were there any new vocabulary words in this book? Discuss what they mean.
                • Were there any pictures, graphs, headings, diagrams, etc., that were in the book? Discuss what they show you.
                • Discuss what lessons or new ideas this book could teach someone.
                • Discuss why the author wrote this book.
                • Pay attention to punctuation. Pause at certain spots (phrasing), and have your voice go up or down (intonation) depending on the end mark.
                • Read with expression. If there are quotation marks in the story, have your child practice using different voices. Also, think about how the character is feeling, and make your voice show that.
                • Echo read with your child. You read/model a couple sentences & your switch roles!
                • Help your child make connections. Did the book remind them of any other book they read, something that happened to them, or something else in the world?
                • Reread! Rereading increases fluency and also deepens comprehension.
    So…Read, Read, and Read again with your child every day!
    Any questions or concerns?  The Allendale Literacy Team is here to help support you as you continue to work with your child at home.