Why the Urgency In Literacy?
What Should You Know as a Parent?
- In October 2016, Michigan lawmakers passed Public Act 306 in an effort to boost reading achievement.
- Beginning in Kindergarten, your child’s literacy progress will be closely monitored by your child’s teachers.
- Each child will have a reading plan. This means that your child’s teacher and school will work with your child to find where your child needs support and create a plan to support your child. The plan will include: 1) extra instruction or support in areas of need; 2) ongoing progress checks; 3) at home reading plan (20 minutes of reading outside of the school day); 4) Your child may be encouraged to participate in summer reading programs
- Extra support in your child’s individualized reading plan will occur in small group or one-on-one instruction during the school day. Your child will not miss regular reading instruction.
- Based on this law, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, 3rd graders must score less than one year behind on state reading assessments in order to be promoted to 4th grade. 3rd graders can also be promoted to 4th grade if they prove to be at grade level through an alternate assessment or a portfolio of work.
- If you are notified that your child may be retained, you have the right to meet with school officials and request an exemption. The district superintendent will make the final decision.
HILTON ELEMENTARY SUPPORTS THE PROMOTION OF STUDENTS TO THE NEXT GRADE LEVEL WITH CONTINUED SUPPORT BASED ON ACADEMIC NEED.