OSCEOLA/MECOSTA COUNTIES — Schools throughout the state of Michigan have been focusing on early literacy. To help ensure students are reading at grade level, local school districts have applied for and received a variety of grants.
According to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Gov. Rick Snyder created the Third-Grade Reading Workgroup in early 2015 to analyze Michigan students’ reading proficiency at the third-grade level. Analysts noticed reading proficiency in the state has been steadily declining. After reviewing reading proficiency in Michigan and other states, the workgroup noted national test results indicated more than two-thirds of Michigan students fail to demonstrate third-grade proficiency on standardized reading tests.