read by grade 3 2019 brings new hurdle for Michigan's third graders By Steve Carmody • Dec 26, 2018 Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio Michigan’s third graders will need to meet a new reading standard in 2019. But there is concern the state’s educational system isn’t ready. Under the Read by Third Grade law, a student’s performance on the state English language arts assessment will help determine if they will be promoted to fourth grade. State education officials say they are making progress on early literacy By Steve Carmody • Aug 27, 2018 Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio State Education officials are touting programs to improve early childhood literacy. The programs help state and local educators collaborate to bring more children’s reading up to grade level by the end of the third grade.