Promoting Early Literacy in Michigan

For the past several years policymakers at the state and federal level have focused on improving student achievement as measured by standardized testing, and third grade is considered a pivotal age for mastery of reading skills. After the third grade, children will need reading skills to learn other subjects such as math and science, and to evaluate written text. Almost half of the material in the fourth grade curriculum requires grade-level reading skills. Three of every four students who do not read at grade level in the fourth grade will continue to struggle in high school, and thus be at high risk of not finishing high school. Report | Fact Sheet | News releaseGovernor’s 2016 Budget: Impact on Children and Families