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Superintendent's Platform

WBCH offers this space to area school superintendents to highlight news in their districts. This posting is from Maple Valley Superintendent Michelle Falcon.

 

NEW!  Michigan’s Third Grade Reading Law (Public Act 306)

In an effort to boost reading achievement, Michigan lawmakers passed Public Act 306 in October 2016. To help more students be proficient by the end of third grade, the law requires extra support for K-3 students who are not reading at grade level. The law also states that a child may be retained in third grade if they are one or more grade levels behind in reading at the end of third grade.

 

Maple Valley School’s has had an extensive assessment plan in place for three years.  This helps us to closely monitor our student’s progress in mathematics and reading comprehension when your child starts school.

 

If your child is not reading where expected, a plan to improve reading will be created. This means your child’s teacher and school will work with your child to find where your child needs support in his/her reading development and create a plan to support him or her.

 

This plan includes:

• The extra supports in your child’s reading improvement plan will occur in small groups during the school day. Your child will not miss regular reading instruction.

• Starting in 2019-2020 school year, in order to be promoted from third to fourth grade, your child must score less than one year behind on the state reading assessment, or demonstrate a third grade reading level through an alternate test or portfolio of student work.

• If you are notified your child may be retained, you have the right to meet with school officials and to request, within 30 days, an exemption if in the best interest of your child. The district superintendent will make the final decision. Our goal is to support our students in the early grades to prevent third grade retention.

 

As a district we will be offering support in the following ways:

• Strive for small class sizes.

• Continue to offer intervention classes and class times.

• Communicate assessment data with parents. Attached to the end of the year report cards, parents in grades Y5 – 10 will receive an assessment report reflecting the district tests administered.

 

For more information on the Third Grade Reading Law, go to home page of our website www.mvs.k12.mi.us. It is our first spotlight article.

 

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