JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA/Press Release) - The Mississippi Department of Education is pulling its literacy coaches from several local schools due to the schools’ academic improvements.
The local schools include:
- Aberdeen Elementary School
- Greenlee Attendance Center – Attala County School District
- Nettleton Primary School
Mississippi’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act of 2013 established the literacy coach program, which assigns coaches to schools in which 3rd-grade students have the lowest literacy skills.
Coaches work closely with teachers and school leaders to improve instructional strategies and to ensure a school climate that advances literacy and academic goals.
The Literacy-Based Promotion Act 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.
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. In previous years, students had to score at level 2 or higher to qualify for promotion.