Read by Grade Three Law - Parents - Roseville Community Schools

Read by Grade Three Law

What is the Read by Grade Three Law?

In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed a law that requires schools to identify learners who are struggling with reading and writing and to provide additional help. The law states that third graders may repeat third grade if they are more than one grade level behind beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.  The link below was created to help families understand the Read by Grade Three Law so they can support their child.

Facts for Families: What is the Read by Grade Three Law?


Introduction to the Read by Grade 3 Guide

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has compiled resources and responses to frequently asked questions regarding MCL 380.1280f, referred to as the “Read by Grade Three” law. The purpose of this guide is to support district implementation of the legislation by providing current information. As new information and resources become available, this guide will be updated. Please send any questions regarding this guide to

Read by Grade Three Guide (October 2019)


Good Cause Exemption

Parents or guardians may file for a Good Cause Exemption. If you received a letter about retention from the State of Michigan for your 3rd grade student and wish to request a Good Cause Exemption, please fill out the information below. This form must be completed within 30 days of notification from the State of Michigan.

Good Cause Exemption Form


For more information on the Good Cause Exemption, see the document below: 

Facts for Families: What is a Good Cause Exemption Process?