Reduction in State Testing Proposed, Reading Help for 3rd Graders Offered

The Mississippi Board of Education has proposed eliminating the state U.S. History exam currently required of Mississippi high school students. Read more here. The public is asked to offer comments to assist the Board in making its final decision. Comments on the proposal are due no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, and may be submitted as follows:

Mail comments to Dr. Jo Ann Malone, Office of Accreditation, Post Office Box 771, Jackson, MS 39205-0771. Email comments to

If you wish to contact Mississippi Board of Education members directly, you can find their contact information at

Parents of students in kindergarten through third grade can learn how to help their children improve their reading skills. The Mississippi Department of Education is hosting regional meetings to provide an overview of the third-grade literacy assessment, which students must pass in order to be promoted to fourth grade, as well as reading strategies that can be used at home. Sessions are 6-7 p.m. at all locations. No registration is required.

• Tuesday, October 8 in Jackson (South)

Bates Elementary School, 3180 West McDowell Rd. Ext., Jackson, MS 39209

• Tuesday, October 8 in Jackson (North)

McWillie Elementary School, 4851 McWillie Cir., Jackson, MS 39206

• Thursday, October 10 in Natchez

Natchez High School, 319 Sergeant Prentiss Dr., Natchez, MS 39120

• Thursday, October 10 in Tupelo

Hancock Leadership Center, 1920 Briar Ridge Rd., Tupelo, MS 38804

• Thursday, October 17 in Cleveland

DSU-Henry J. Jacob Conference Cntr., Highway 8 West, Cleveland, MS 38733

• Thursday, October 17 in Laurel

Nora Davis Magnet School, 1305 Dr. Martin Luther King Ave., Laurel, MS 39440

• Monday, October 21 in Starkville

Greensboro Center, 401 Greensboro St., Starkville, MS 39759

• Wednesday, October 23 in Moss Point

Moss Point Family Education Center, 3524 Prentiss Ave., Moss Point, MS 39563

Find more information about these meetings here, and browse additional literacy resources here.

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