JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) – Kindergarten students at several local school districts scored high on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.
The assessment evaluates early literacy skills such as the ability to recognize letters and match letters to their sounds.
Mississippi started testing incoming kindergarten students at the start of the school year in 2014.
A fall target score of 530 or above demonstrates kindergarten readiness. Only 20 of the state’s 144 school districts reached an average score of 530 or above.
These local school districts reached that goal:
- Aberdeen School District – 538
- Attala County School District – 543
- Calhoun County School District – 530
- Choctaw County School District – 543
- Corinth School District – 557
- Lowndes County School District – 532
- Monroe County School District – 554
- Winona Public School District – 542
The Booneville School District scored 529.
Research from a four-year study shows that 85 percent of students at the beginning of kindergarten with a score of 530 or above on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment are on track to become proficient readers by the end of the 3rd grade.
“High-quality early childhood education is not only the pathway to kindergarten readiness, but it has a positive impact on academic achievement throughout a child’s education,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education.