The Mississippi Department of Education will host a family literacy event for K-3 students at the Greensboro Center on Monday, October 21 from 6-7 pm. At the meeting, 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.
Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, 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 qualify for promotion to 4th grade.
Resources for families are available (in English and Spanish) at: strongreadersms.com/