Located in northern Oakland County, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit, Oxford Community Schools (OCS) serves a suburban community that extends across five townships and two villages. OCS prides itself on being the only PreK through 12 IB Authorized World School District in Michigan.

Biggest challenge:
Currently, all school districts in Michigan are awaiting enforcement of the ‘Read by Grade Three’ law, which requires that students be proficient readers by the end of third grade or risk being held back. Children entering third grade in 2019-20 will be the first group of students affected by the new law.

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This law came about in response to poor statewide results on the state’s 2015-16 M-STEP reading assessment, where less than half of Michigan third graders earned a passing score.

About the Author:

Ken Weaver is the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction in Michigan’s Oxford Community Schools.