Stakes Higher for Elementary Students This Year

If you have a child in kindergarten through third grade, you will want to attend an important meeting hosted by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE).

In a series of regional meetings, MDE will share information and strategies to help parents prepare their children for the new, higher standards that third-grade students must meet to be promoted to grade four. Beginning this year, students must score at Level Three or higher on the state reading test to be promoted to fourth grade. In previous years, students had to score at Level Two or higher to be promoted.

See the schedule below for meeting dates and locations. Session time for all locations: 6-7 p.m. No registration is required; there is no cost to attend.

Thursday, Oct. 4, MSU Kahlmus Auditorium,1000 Hwy. 19 North, Meridian
Tuesday, Oct. 9, Oxford Conference Center, 102 Ed Perry Blvd., Oxford
Wednesday, Oct. 10, Woodall Technology Center, 906 Sullivan Dr., Hattiesburg
Thursday, Oct. 11, Bates Elementary School, 3180 McDowell Rd. Ext., Jackson
Thursday, Oct. 11, McWillie Elementary School, 4851 McWillie Circle, Jackson
Monday, Oct. 15, Adams County Safe Room, 323 Liberty Rd., Natchez
Tuesday, Oct. 16, Delta State University, Hugh Walker Alumni House, Hwy. 8 West, Cleveland

Read MDE’s news release about the meetings. You can find helpful reading and literacy resources at MDE’s Strong Readers = Strong Leaders website.

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