MS dept. of education announces meetings on strategies to improve reading for K-3 students



(The following is a press release from the Mississippi Department of Education.)


(JACKSON, MS) – The Mississippi Department of Education announces a series of regional meetings across the state for families of students in kindergarten through grade 3.  At the meetings, families will receive an overview of the state law concerning literacy and assessment, as well as strategies that can be used at home to help students improve their reading skills.  The state law, known as the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA), focuses on prevention and intervention to help children develop the reading skills required for 4th grade.  The law requires 3rd grade students to meet reading standards by the end of the school year to be promoted to 4th grade.


The Literacy-Based Promotion Act has made reading instruction a major focus of kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Throughout the school year, teachers provide intensive reading instruction to students reading below grade level. Family engagement is also a critical component of students’ reading success.


To qualify for promotion to 4th grade, 3rd grade students must score at level 3 or higher on the reading portion of the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) English Language Arts test. Students will take the 3rd grade reading test in spring 2020.


Resources for families are available (in English and Spanish) at:


Session times are the same at all locations: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
No registration is required


                   Date                                                City                                     Location


Tuesday, October 8, 2019                    Jackson (South)                    Bates Elementary

                                                                                                               3180 W. McDowell Rd. Ext.

                                                                                                               Jackson, MS 39209


Tuesday, October 8, 2019                    Jackson (North)                    McWillie Elementary

                                                                                                              4979 McWillie Cir.

                                                                                                              Jackson, MS 39206


Thursday, October 10, 2019                      Natchez                           Natchez High School

                                                                                                              319 Sergeant Prentiss Dr.

                                                                                                              Natchez, MS 39120


Thursday, October 10, 2019                       Tupelo                            Hancock Leadership Center

                                                                                                             1920 Briar Ridge Rd.

                                                                                                             Tupelo, MS 38804


Thursday, October 17, 2019                    Cleveland            DSU-Henry J. Jacob Conference Center

                                                                                                Highway 8 West

                                                                                                Cleveland, MS 38733


Thursday, October 17, 2019                        Laurel                            Nora Davis Magnet School

                                                                                                              1305 Dr. Martin Luther King Ave.

                                                                                                              Laurel, MS 39440


Monday, October 21, 2019                         Starkville                        Greensboro Center

                                                                                                              401 Greensboro St.

                                                                                                              Starkville, MS 39759


Wednesday, October 23, 2019                 Moss Point                Moss Point Family Education Center

                                                                                                       3524 Prentiss Ave.

                                                                                                       Moss Point, MS 39563



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