Michigan’s 3rd Grade Reading Law
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.
If you have questions about your child’s current assessment results or the Michigan 3rd grade reading law, please reach out to your child’s teacher or school leadership for additional help.
In addition, Detroit Public Schools Community District will also hold informational sessions throughout the year for parents and guardians to learn more about understanding the Individual Reading Improvement Plan, getting reading help for their child, and the new law. Please check back here for future meeting dates and times.
- Sample Individual Reading Improvement Plan
- Sample Read-at-Home Plan & Toolkit
- i-Ready Parent Report Cheat Sheet
- Sample i-Ready Parent Report
MyOn is a program that gives students access to books and helps them learn to love reading. This flyer explains how to access MyOn from home.
i-Ready provides all families with access to a free app that promotes vocabulary development. This flyer explains how to access this app from home.
Any student who is graduating or plans to graduate from a DPSCD High School is eligible to receive a tuition-free path to an associates degree, technical certificate, or bachelors degree at any one of five participating community colleges or 17 four-year universities. (See list of schools below)
The Detroit Promise is for high school seniors attending any high school in Detroit and living in Detroit. Students must meet both requirements. Students who attended multiple schools are eligible as long as all of the schools were located in Detroit. To qualify students must:
- Successfully complete and submit the FAFSA .
- Register for the Detroit Promise by June 2018.
- Be admitted to a participating college.
There are two college pathways: The Community College Pathway and the University Pathway.
Community College Pathway
- The student must attend at least junior and senior year and graduate from any Detroit high school.
- Reside in Detroit for at least junior and senior year of high school.
The following schools are Detroit Promise two-year Community College partners:
- Henry Ford College
- Macomb Community College
- Oakland Community College
- Schoolcraft College
- Wayne County Community College District
- Attend all four years and graduate from any Detroit high school.
- Reside in Detroit for all four years of high school.
- Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA as of Feb. 15 in your senior year.
- Must have a score of at least a 21 on the ACT or at least 1060 on the SAT. (colleges and universities may require a higher score)
Below is a list of partnering four-year schools. Unlimited partners have an unlimited number of scholarships available for Detroit Promise students. Limited partners have a limited number of scholarships reserved for Detroit Promise students.
- Albion College
- Cleary University
- Eastern Michigan University
- Grand Valley State University
- Madonna University
- Michigan State University
- University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
- University of Michigan – Dearborn
- University of Michigan – Flint
- Wayne State University
- Western Michigan University
- Central Michigan University
- Marygrove College
- Michigan Technological University
- Northern Michigan University
- Oakland University
- Saginaw Valley State University
- University of Detroit – Mercy
For more information, please visit The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce or email info@DetroitPromise.com
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About our Language Arts Curriculum
The SRA Imagine It! Reading Series is a research-based program that contains literature intended to expose students to a variety of different writing styles and genres. Lessons are delivered through systematic, explicit instruction.
Essential Concepts Taught in Imagine It! Reading
The alphabetic principle: letters work together in a systematic way to connect spoken language to written words
Print awareness: recognizing the nature of written language, such as print goes left to right and top to bottom
Phonemic awareness: hearing and understanding the sounds from which words are made
Systematic, explicit phonics: the association between the sounds of the language and the written symbols/spellings- that have been chosen to represent those sounds
Comprehension strategies and skills: to understand what is being read
The writing process and writing skills: to teach students to write with clarity and coherence
Spelling and vocabulary: spelling is a fundamental skill in written communication and vocabulary strategies help students learn, remember, and incorporate unknown words into their existing reading, writing, speaking, and listening vocabularies
Grammar, usage, and mechanics: to effectively communicate through writing
Grades 7 – 8: Prentice Hall Literature and Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar
Prentice Hall Literature and Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar are the core components of the 7th and 8th grade English/Language Arts curriculum. Prentice Hall selections incorporate some of the classics along with high-interest contemporary literature. It also has a skills focus that emphasizes reading and vocabulary development.
Grade 7 Prentice Hall Literature
Grade 8 Prentice Hall Literature
Grades 9 – 12: McDougal Littell Literature
McDougal Littell Literature provides core reading instruction for the 9th, 11th and 12th grade English/Language Arts curriculum. The 10th Grade edition of McDougal Littell Literature is used to supplement the Holt Rinehart and Winston African American Literature text. McDougal Littell material encourages students to explore the world of art, literature, and life’s big questions. The unique organization around clusters of standards allows for the teaching of major literary concepts across genres. Standards that belong together are taught together. Students analyze fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and media across clusters of standards. Special features support visual and media literacy, along with research strategies.
Grade 9 Literature
Grade 10 Literature
Grade 11 Literature
Grade 12 Literature
The English/Language Arts curriculum of the Detroit Public Schools District is aligned with national and state Language Arts standards. The Michigan English Language Arts Grade Level Content Expectations for grades K – 8 and the High School Content Expectations for grades 9 – 12 are available to the public.
Teachers are provided consistent professional development in best practices to service all learning styles and in 2014, students will be assessed on the new Common Core Standards.