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Regional Meetings for Parents: Strategies to Improve Reading for K-3 Students

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2018

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi Department of Education announced today a series of regional meetings across the state for parents of students in kindergarten through grade 3. At the meetings, parents will receive an overview of the state law concerning literacy and assessment, as well as strategies that can be used at home to help student improve their reading skills.

The state law, known as the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA), 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.

The Literacy-Based Promotion Act has made reading instruction a major focus of kindergarten through 3rd grade. Throughout the school year, teachers provide intensive reading instruction to students reading below grade level. Parent involvement is also critical to students’ success.

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.

Parent resources in English and Spanish are available at: strongreadersms.com/resources

Session times are the same at all locations: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
No registration is required

Date

City

Location

Thursday, October 4, 2018

 

Meridian

MSU Kahlmus Auditorium
1000 Hwy 19 N
Meridian, MS 39307

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Oxford

Oxford Conference Center
102 Ed Perry Blvd.
Oxford, MS 38655

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hattiesburg

Lowery A. Woodall Advanced Technology Center
906 Sullivan Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jackson (South)

Bates Elementary School
3180 McDowell Rd Ext.
Jackson, MS 39204

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jackson (North)

McWillie Elementary School
4851 McWillie Circle
Jackson, MS 39206

Monday, October 15, 2018

 

Natchez

 

Adams County Safe Room
323 Liberty Rd
Natchez, MS 39120

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cleveland

Delta State University
Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House

Hwy 8 West
Cleveland, MS 38733

 

Media Contact: 

Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
Director of Communications
601-359-3706

Jean Cook, APR
Communications Specialist
601-359-3519