Got Literacy?

In order to draw attention to Michigan’s literacy crisis, check out this latest example:



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About Early Literacy in Michigan
  • From Kindergarten through 3rd grade, students are learning to read, and beginning in 4th grade students begin reading to learn.
  • Over 90% of students proficient in 3rd grade reading are likely to graduate high school, while only 30% of those not proficient in 3rd grade reading are likely to graduate.
  • Improving early literacy is one of the most important issues in K-12 education, and more than 35 states have developed comprehensive K-3 reading programs.
  • Despite a $4 billion annual investment in K-3 education, nearly one-third of Michigan’s 3rd grade students are not proficient readers.
  • In fact, reading proficiency has been steadily declining for the past 12 years while nearly every other state has been improving.


About HB 4822
  • HB 4822 (Price) will improve early literacy by focusing on early annual screening; parental notification and participation; targeted strategies and tutoring for struggling readers; and intensive intervention for those students reading dramatically behind grade level.
  • Non-proficient students are eligible for a number of “good cause” exemptions from the intensive intervention policy: including passing an alternative assessment, demonstrating proficiency through a student portfolio of work; some students with a “Individualized Education Plan”; and English Language Learners.
  • The FY ’16 School Aid Budget includes an increase of $100 million for “at-risk” students and targeted support and interventions to improve early literacy. Passage of this bill is critical to having these funds invested properly.
  • This approach led to a 50% reduction in 3rd grade illiteracy within 5 years when adopted in other states. We can have that same success in Michigan!!
  • A workgroup of key legislative and administration stakeholders met for months earlier this year to review options, examine strategies and make specific recommendations to improve early literacy in the state, as this issue is a priority for Governor Snyder and legislative leadership.
  • This bill includes the ability for students to re-take the state assessment, participate in after school and summer reading camps, and other interventions to improve literacy.
  • Unlike bills introduced in 2014, in which over 32,000 students would have automatically repeated 3rd grade each year, under HB 4822 the number of students subject to intensive intervention is estimated at less than 3,000 students per year, or less than 2.5% of all students. This is 5 or fewer students in over 85% of Michigan school districts.
  • Most research on retention focuses on the act of retention alone. The comprehensive approach in HB 4822, starting with identifying students with reading difficulties as early as Kindergarten, providing intervention services to meet student needs, parent notification/involvement from the beginning, and retention with increased intensive interventions is only used as a last resort.

Click here to download HB 4822, which passed in the House of Representatives 57-48 vote on October 15, 2015.

Click here to download the S-3 substitute for HB 4822, which was introduced by Senator Pavlov on Tuesday, March 8.

Click here to contact your State Senator and urge him/her to support HB 4822.  The first hearing in the Senate Education Committee will be held on March 8, 2016.

Click here to read GLEP’s testimony re: HB 4822 in the Senate Education Committee on March 8, 2016.

  • Central Michigan Foundation
  • Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Great Lakes Education Project
  • Hope Network
  • Michigan Association of Public School Academies
  • Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers
  • Students First – Michigan
  • West Michigan Talent Triangle
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