The Read by Grade Three Communication Guide for Michigan Public School Leaders is designed to be used in conjunction with Michigan Department of Education (MDE) materials to help schools communicate with staff, families, media and community about the Read by Grade Three Law, the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) letter of possible retention, and the Good Cause Exemption process.

This resource highlights some of the ways school districts may choose to communicate about this important issue. Always consider your school policies, codes of conduct, local community needs, and your local climate as you address the information needs of your stakeholders.

All communication samples included in this document have been reproduced with permission. Schools are strongly encouraged to follow MDE guidance when interpreting and implementing the Read by Grade Three Law. Please direct specific questions or inquiries about the law to MDE - Early Literacy - State of Michigan.

Prepared by:
Michigan School Public Relations Association (MSPRA)
1001 Centennial Way, Suite 300
Lansing, MI 48917
Phone: (517) 327-5910

Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) and its Public Relations Network
1001 Centennial Way, Suite 300
Lansing, MI 48917
Phone: (517) 327-9263

Michigan Department of Education Offices of Public and Governmental Affairs and Early Literacy - Read by Grade Three Law
608 W. Allegan Street
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 241-4395