Michigan recently passed a new reading law (MCL 380.1280f) that will be in full effect for 3rd grade students during the 2019-2020 school year. To begin the process, school districts must choose an assessment system for grades K-3 and deliver a student diagnostic report to parents during the current 2017-2018 school year. Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) has selected the i-Ready Diagnostic assessment. i-Ready is an online program that will assess each student’s individual needs and monitor their progress throughout the school year.
Beginning in November, parents will be notified of their child’s performance on the i-Ready Diagnostic. Students demonstrating a reading deficiency will receive an Individual Reading Improvement Plan. The Individual Reading Improvement Plan will outline how the school will address the reading deficiency and will also provide at-home recommendations and resources to improve reading skills. Parents of students who receive an Individual Reading Improvement Plan will be asked to attend a parent conference where they will be empowered to assist their child with a Read-at-Home Plan & Toolkit.
While this will not occur during the 2017-2018 school year, it is important to note that the law will require retention of 3rd-grade students with a reading deficiency based on state assessment during the 2019–2020 school year.
Visit detroitk12.org/literacy for more information including supporting documents and additional resources.