CHEBOYGAN COUNTY- A new law was recently passed regarding third graders and their ability to read at a certain level, which will go into effect next year.
The Cheboygan, Otsego, Presque Isle Education Service District Board of Education heard a presentation at their most recent board meeting from Early Literacy Coach Kim Blumke and Learning Services Director Lori Pearson as to what is being done in districts to get ready for the new standards.
The State of Michigan had looked at where the schools in the state stood in reading proficiency among the third grade students against other students around the country and the results were not good.
“We were like 41 out of 50 states in proficiency in third grade reading,” said Pearson. “We know how important that is that those kids are able to read by the end of third grade.”
The law was passed in October of last year, and states every third grade student must meet certain levels of proficiency in reading or they will not be able to move on to the fourth grade.
This year, the school districts serviced by the COP-ESD have been getting ready for the change over by doing a lot of foot work, including a contract with Inland Lakes Schools for an educator on loan, Blumke, who was recently hired full time by the COP-ESD as an early literacy coach. Schools around the state are taking similar measures.
The purpose of the Early Literacy Initiative is to increase the number of children who are reading proficiently by the end of third grade. The Michigan Department of Education says this can be accomplished by…
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