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The Simpson County School District wants you to know about the Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Act

The Simpson County School District
wants you to know about the
Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Act


Being a good reader is critical if a student is going to be successful in school. In 2013, the Mississippi Legislature passed the Literacy-Based Promotion Act to ensure that students exit 3rd grade reading at or above grade level.
In accordance with this law, and as a means of better informing classroom instruction, a set of K-3 assessments known as the Mississippi K-3 Assessment Support System (MKAS2) will be given to students across the state.
These assessments will identify students who need intensive reading instruction and intervention and will also provide useful information to help teachers tailor instruction to meet individual student needs.

A kindergarten readiness assessment will be used with all public school kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students. This test will measure foundational skills related to reading, language, and mathematics. This test will also provide parents, teachers, and early childhood providers with an understanding of what children know and
are able to do upon entering kindergarten.

K-3 students will be assessed at the beginning and end of the school year. Parents should receive the results of
the first test within the first 30 days of school. Students in grades 1-3 will be assessed again in the middle of the school year. Parents should receive these results by February. Student progress will also be documented in periodic report cards.

The law also requires districts to provide early and regular written communication with parents of K-3 students with substantial reading difficulties. This communication will include information about current services being provided, additional reading supports planned for your child, and strategies for you to help your child at home (a Read-At-Home Plan).

All 3rd grade students will take a test at the end of the year to determine promotion to 4th grade. If your child is reading below grade level at the end of 3rd grade, you will be informed in writing that your child will not be promoted to 4th grade unless he/she qualifies for an exemption.

Reading instruction must be a major focus in grades K-3, as 3rd grade is the year that students transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Students need strong reading skills in order to learn in all other school subjects, such as science, history, writing and even math. Much work is being done to ensure success of our K-3 students. Family involvement and understanding is an important part of this effort.

For more information, please contact your Elementary School Principal, Assistant Principal, or Counselor.


Magee Elementary                         Mendenhall Elementary                              Simpson Central School
601-849-3601                           601-847-2621                                                    601-847-2630


The Simpson County School District’s READ TO ME Campaign encourages you to read to or with a child for at least twenty minutes every day. For more information call 601-847-8000.


September 19, 2014 - Posted by | News

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