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Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Initiative

The Office of Elementary Education and Reading is responsible for supporting and training K-3rd grade teachers, curriculum specialists and other educators by providing research-based instructional strategies on literacy and guidance on the implementation of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act. Passed during the 2013 legislative session, the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA) places an emphasis on grade-level reading skills, particularly as students’ 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-wide assessment for 3rd grade will not be promoted to 4th grade unless the student qualifies for a good cause exemption. 

The LBPA was amended in 2016 and includes changes such as an Individual Reading Plan (IRP) and increased expectations for 3rd grade students beginning in 2018-2019. 

Questions may be directed to Dr. Tenette Smith, Executive Director for the Office of Elementary Education and Reading, at or 601-359-2586, or Kristen Wells, State Literacy Director, at Questions may also be directed to the K-3 Assistant State Literacy Coordinators: LeighAnne Cheeseman (, Kelli Crain (, Jill Hoda (, or Lori Stringer ( Assessment or screener questions should be directed to Melissa Beck, K-3 Assessment Coordinator, at or 601-359-5245. 

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Tools and Supports

State Literacy Plan
Educators and Parents
2019-2020 MDE Regional Literacy Trainings - Resources
2018-2019 MDE Regional Literacy Trainings - Resources 
Literacy Support Schools List
LBPA Implementation Studies