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.
Recruitment of Literacy Coaches
In an effort to support schools in their literacy efforts, the MDE has deployed educators with expertise in literacy to a number of support schools across Mississippi. The recruitment process will close on March 14, 2016. The MDE will periodically review literacy coach application portfolios for consideration as positions become available. Literacy coaches considered for employment are projected, pending legislative appropriations, to deploy in August of 2016.