A state panel will be named soon to look into improving Michigan’s dismal literacy rate.
Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order Wednesday creating the new PreK-12 Literacy Commission.
Michigan has one of the nation’s worst literacy rates. It’s ranked 40th when it comes to student literacy in the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Nearly half of all third graders in the state don’t read at grade level, according to last year’s standardized student tests. Anna Heaton is the governor’s press secretary.
She says trend is moving in the wrong.