Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Initiative

The Office of Literacy, as part of the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, is responsible for supporting and training literacy teachers, curriculum specialists, coaches and other educators by providing the most up-to-date information on literacy and the implementation of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act. Passed during the 2013 legislative session, the Literacy-Based Promotion Act places an emphasis on grade-level reading skills for students, particularly as they progress through grades K-3.  Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, a student scoring at the lowest achievement level in reading on the established state assessment for 3rd grade will not be promoted to 4th grade unless the student meets the good cause exemptions for promotion.

In an effort to support schools in their literacy efforts, the MDE has deployed educators with expertise in literacy to a number of targeted schools across Mississippi. The MDE plans to recruit additional literacy coaches for projected deployment in August of 2015.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kymyona Burk, K-3 Literacy Coordinator, and Dr. Tenette Smith, K-3 Assistant Literacy Coordinator, at 601-359-2586 or at
Kymyona.burk@mde.k12.ms.us or Tenette.smith@mde.k12.ms.us


Parent Read-At-Home Plan (Parent-Friendly Version)
School Literacy Plan
Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Act Implementation Guide
Quick Reference Guide
Literacy Communications Toolkit

K-Readiness Implementation Guide
MKAS2-Mississippi K-3 Assessment Support System
Clarifying the Coach's Role

Approved List of Screener and Diagnostic Tools
Literacy -Based Promotion Act Overview

Office of Curriculum and Instruction     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-2586     Fax: (601) 359-2040

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