Reading & Writing by Third Grade

Read & Write by Third Grade

I see myself as a successful reader and writer. I am encouraged to read and write about topics that interest me so I can develop meaningful connections to the world around me. My home, school, and community work together to prioritize literacy opportunities for me.

Desired Outcome

The percentage of students proficient in reading by the end of grade 3 will increase from 48.8% to 55%, as measured by the M-STEP 3rd Grade Assessment in spring 2020.

County Progress

Lenawee County Community Outcome All Students Hispanic Students African American Students Students with Disabilities Students Economically Disadvantaged
Spring 2017 M-STEP 3rd Grade Reading (ELA) Proficiency 48% 38% 50% 20% 40%
Spring 2016 M-STEP 3rd Grade Reading (ELA) Proficiency 49% 42% 29% 21% 46%
Spring 2015 M-STEP 3rd Grade Reading (ELA) Proficiency 53% 41% 41% 18% 46%


Student Success Network

Strategic Partner

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan serves as a Strategic Partner for our C2C Literacy Network. Thousands of pounds of books have been donated over the past year in support of the literacy initiatives coordinated through Lenawee ISD working through C2C. The Goodwill “book sorts” benefit our schools and community, including the “free little book fair,” provided at each Summer Lit Lab Pop-Up site.

Summer Literacy - Lit Lab Pop-Ups

Lenawee C2C Reading by Third logo

2018 Schedule

In coordination between the LISD, the 11 local public school districts, Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee, Habitat for Humanity, Lenawee Foster Grandparents, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan, and additional partners, 13 Lit Lab Pop-Up sites were hosted throughout Lenawee County during the summer. Hundreds of local students attended and engaged in free reading, writing, science, and Makerspace activities. Stay tuned for data on this ambitious summer program.

Summer Literacy Goals

  1. Facilitate opportunities for every child to read books and access texts during the summer, reducing the amount of “book deserts” in Lenawee county.
  2. Provide writing resources and free high interest books to  increase the likelihood that children will voluntarily engage in literacy activities (reading and writing). 
  3. Empower families to share their voice (story) in order to strengthen the literacy environment in the home, regardless of education level, income, or native language of the primary caregivers.
  4. Continue to build organization-wide and classroom-level partnerships with local businesses and other organizations that facilitate opportunities for children read and write during the summer beyond school assignments.

2017 Summer Lit Lab Pop-Up: Why, How, and What We Tried

Lenawee County libraries, centers, and schools offer numerous activities for children to participate in during the summer months, especially those living in rural areas with limited proximity to books. However, students who have less resources available may have the greatest need for summer literacy activities. The Cradle to Career Reading by 3rd Grade Network sought to intentionally place free, weekly “pop-up” literacy activities to engage students in reading and writing throughout the summer over an eight-week period.

Data sets that included student demographic data were utilized to determine the four focus areas in which to host the weekly “Summer Lit Lab Pop-Ups,” which may be considered “book deserts.” Lit Labs in Hudson and Addison were open during each site’s free lunch program in order to coordinate with an already-established summer support focused on basic needs. The LISD Milton C. Porter Education Center and Britton locations were held in partnership with the Lenawee’s CHILD free summer camp for children ages two through five. The partnership between the summer camps offered the opportunity to engage families in strategies to enhance home literacy skills.

‚ÄčThe Lit Labs offered opportunities for children to develop literacy outside of the school hours by engaging in free reading, writing, and science activities. The Lit Lab stations were assisted by volunteers from the Lenawee Foster Grandparent Program. A free little book fair, provided by Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan, served as the concluding festivity at each setting. Over 300 children, averaging three to five visits during the summer, benefited from the Lit Labs.

Student reading book