Monday, May 22, 2023

3rd Grade Reading Scores Rise

Pearl, Canton, JPS Gain, Clinton Declines 

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is announcing that 76.3% of 31,623 third graders passed the initial administration of the third-grade reading assessment given this spring for the 2022-23 school year. 

The percentage exceeds the 2021-22 initial rate of 73.9% as well as the 2018-19 initial rate of 74.5% before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I applaud the teachers, administrators, literacy coaches and families who worked to support students in achieving this goal. The work will continue until all students are proficient and showing growth,” said Mike Kent, interim state superintendent of education. 

In accordance with the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA), third graders who do not pass the initial administration of the reading test are given up to two attempts to retest. After the final retest in 2021-22, 85% of third graders passed the test. After the final retest in 2019, 85.6% of third graders passed the test. Students did not test in 2020 due to the pandemic. The test was given in 2021, but the passing requirement was waived so no retests were administered.

The LBPA became law in 2013 to improve reading skills of kindergarten through third-grade students in public schools so every student completing the third grade is able to read at or above grade level. The LBPA requires Mississippi third graders to pass a reading assessment to qualify for promotion to fourth grade. An amendment to the law in 2016 raised reading-level expectations starting in the 2018-19 school year, requiring third graders to score at level three or higher on the reading portion of the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) English Language Arts (ELA) assessment.

Students who did not pass the reading assessment on their first attempt last month were retested May 8-12. The second retest window is June 19 – 30. Some students may qualify for good cause exemptions to be promoted to fourth grade.

To see the district- and school-level initial pass rate report for 2022-23, go to

Final district-level pass rates will be published this fall in the Literacy-Based Promotion Act Annual Report of Performance and Student Retention for the 2022-23 school year.

Kingfish note: That was the press release, now for some real data.  Pearl, Canton, and JPS scored the biggest improvements while Clinton actually fell four points.  

Local School Districts Scores (2022)(2019)

Canton: 71.2% (62%) (72%)

Clinton: 86.2% (90%) (88%)

Hinds County: 67.6% (71%) (67%)

Jackson: 66.9% (61%) (64%)

Madison County: 88.9% (90%) (91.5%)

Pearl: 92.4% (87%) (89%)

Rankin County: 86.9% (84%) (83.5%)

Top Ten Statewide Scores 

Ocean Springs: >95%

Newton County: 93.1%

Attala: 93%

Pearl: 92.4%

Union County: 92.4%

Grenada: 91.9%

Enterprise: 90.3%

Amory: 89.6%

Hancock: 89.3%

Bay St. Louis: 89.1%

Notable School Districts

Desoto County: 78.7%

Hattiesburg: 75.5%

Gulfport: 85.8%

Tupelo: 74.3%

Vicksburg-Warren: 77%

Meridian: 61.3%

Harrison County: 87.1%

Greenville: 64.8%

Bottom 10 Statewide Scores (2022)

Yazoo City: 34.7% (36%)

North Panola County: 35.8% (41.2%)

Holmes County: 38% (35%)

Clarksdale: 37.8% (51%)

West Tallahatchie: 44.4% (60%)

Marshall County: 46.5% (51.7%)

Humphreys County: 46.9% (29%)

Greenwood-Leflore: 49.4% (40%)

West Bolivar: 54% (48.5%)

Leland: 55.4% (55.7%)


Ambition Charter (West Jackson) 46.3%

Clarksdale Collegiate Charter: 52%

Smilow: 47.1%


Anonymous said...

Those bottom 10 just need more funding. That's the answer.

Anonymous said...

Very skeptical that these are valid scores.

map maker said...

fake numbers.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone REALLY think these numbers are true and accurate?

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised at the charter school scores, and it makes me wonder how much of the scores involve "teaching to the test" rather than really measuring true reading ability. I'm assuming the charter school students are sent there by parents who are invested in their kids' educations, and usually those kids read better than those whose parents are uninvolved.

Anonymous said...

But, but, but Republicans don't care about education....

There has also been a significant rise in Math scores, particularly among those students from predominately African American school districts, but you won't hear a peep from the NAACP about that since it won't fit their and their crony media friends' narratives.

Anonymous said...

The bottom 10...

Several of those are the ones with multiple districts in the most sparsely populated counties, correct? The ones with multiple superintendents and administrators who keep telling us we need more funding? The districts that spend more money per student that the Rankin/Madison/Desoto School District yet still underperform them? Am I missing something?

You could consolidate the delta into North/Central/South districts, cut out the fluff, and really spend the money on the students, but I am afraid whoever raises that point will be called nasty names by the ones making the money.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish, can you explain why some of the bottom 10 are bolded red?

Kingfish said...

Read 'em.

Anonymous said...

OK, I'm a bigot, a meaningless over used tag. Neverteless:

Mayan (Central America and Mexico) preceded Aztec (Mexico) civilization, but the two cultures eventually overlapped and blended (like Greco Roman or Anglo Saxon) and both were cruel, violent and engaged in human sacrifice. The notably violent killers among the Mexican cartels and Salvadoran MS13 gangs continue their ancestors' vicious bloody cruel lifestyles, and spread it like a disease, today.

Anonymous said...

Everyone wins a trophy.

Anonymous said...

Rising to 76%. Egad. I now know from where some of these commenters come.

Anonymous said...

Take the last 7 year history of each school graduate class, include college admission rate, full time job rate, prison/jail rate welfare rate etc… Averaged by the school graduation total number and bam you got your success rate! Reading don’t mean crap if you don’t succeed in life or at least work at success. Teach to succeed not to just read. Teach discipline, leadership, respect, reading, math, and hard work ethic.

Anonymous said...

Why are MS legislature and Gov late to shift public education into Choice and Vouchers (most red states have passed it) enabling parents to redirect their child's "account" to St Richard's, for example, provided they can either make up the balance or qualify for a poverty or scholastic scholarship for tuition amount exceeding their per pupil allowance.

Anonymous said...

"can you explain why some of the bottom 10 are bolded red?"

It appears to be because they had falling scores.

Anonymous said...

Yazoo City got it goin' on-

Anonymous said...

Bull sh*t.

Anonymous said...

So only 34 percent of the students in Yazoo passed the 3rd grade?? . They gonna have a big 3rd grade class next year!

Anonymous said...

Former Mississippi educator here... ANY numbers the state puts out on its "achievements" are utterly false. They are merely meant to keep critics at bay for at least one post-election cycle, and to keep funding levels stable at their current levels for lots of "good" jobs for folks that wouldn't make it outside of Mississippi.

There is zero discipline expected in Mississippi's educational system. Infinite opportunities are given to students with "alternative assignments", "extra-credit", and "make-up assignments". Attendance is not truly required since students will be given every chance to pass/complete. It's only about keeping budgets flush - not learning, not in the least.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with 6:56. Since the schools [or districts] are self reporting these figures why not just let the students report their own test grades.

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