Monday, June 3, 2024

Third Grade Reading Scores Rise Statewide

Newton #1, Humphreys County dead last 

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

The Mississippi Department of Education is announcing that 75.7% of 31,787 third graders passed the initial administration of the third-grade reading assessment given this spring for the 2023-24 school year.

The percentage is nearly the same as the initial pass rate in 2022-23 of 76.3% when 31,623 third graders took the assessment, and higher than the pre-pandemic initial pass rate of 74.5%.

“When it comes to literacy, the collective efforts of teachers, administrators, literacy coaches and families are essential to students’ success,” said Dr. Ray Morgigno, interim state superintendent of education. “The MDE is committed to supporting instruction and resources aligned to the Science of Reading that will foster more achievement.”

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 2022-23, 84.9% of third graders passed the test, and 85% passed the test in 2021-22.

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 6-10. The second retest window is June 17 – 28. 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 2023-24, 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 2023-24 school year.

Kingfish note: That was the press release, now for some actual news about the subject.  

Top Ten Statewide Scores

Newton County: >95%

Union County: 92.3%

Ocean Springs: 92%

Kemper County: 90.9%

Pearl: 90.7%

Grenada: 90.2%

Bay St. Louis-Waveland: 90%

Amory: 89.9%

Choctaw County: 89.7%

Hancock: 89.5%

The Bottom Ten

Humphreys County: 35.8%

Clarksdale: 44.8%

Baldwin: 45.8%

North Panola: 47.2%

West Bolivar: 47.9%

West Tallahatchie: 48%

East Tallahatchie: 48.2%

Noxubee County: 48.4%

Wilkinson County: 49.1%

Okolona: 52.2%

Forest Municipal: 53.4%

Laurel: 53.9%

JPS: 54.4%

Charter Schools

Ambition Prep: 44.7%

Smillow: 64.3%


Anonymous said...

Of course they have risen when many of the pupils have been held back for a few years.

Anonymous said...

Wonder what the "good cause exemptions"consist of--

Anonymous said...

More manipulated data from the State Department of Education.

We can teach 'Watch-Joe-Jump' in the third grade, but Joe graduates unable to read. Then he jumps into the labor market.

Anonymous said...

Are the schools even allowed to give and child a failing grade?

Anonymous said...

God Bless Tate Reeves and his focus on education.

Fast Forward To 2036 said...

This will all take "one giant leap for mankind" when we stop taxing income and catch up with Florida and Texas. Just you watch and see.

Today's third graders will be our state legislators in twelve short years!

Anonymous said...

So, what were the dismal scores you reposted on earlier this spring?

I tried to look it up, but the search function is nearly useless.

Anonymous said...

Someone will have to explain to me how those are the ten lowest when Booker T. Washington (38.1%), Stern (40.5%), Bates (38.3%), Lester (21.1%) and others were left off the bottom ten list despite having lower scores. You forgot one of the charter schools too btw.

Anonymous said...

The earlier story was on Jackson Public Schools - the schools in the city that allowed its libraries to die. Gotta have priorities. Apparently Jackson's is all about funding the Republic of New Afrika.

Anonymous said...

Never forget that Phil Bryant was too chicken-shit to turn JPS over to state authorities to oversee.

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