The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced that 93.2% of 2017-2018 third graders met the requirements of the Literacy-based Promotion Act to move to fourth grade.
Results of Spring 2018 initial testing:
- 93.2%, or 35,050 students, met or exceeded the passing standard, scoring at or above Performance Level 2 on the reading and language portions of the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) – English Language Arts (ELA)
- 6.8%, or 2,553 students, scored at Performance Level 1, failing to meet the passing standard
See district and school-level passage rates, and further information about the assessment results:2018 Third-grade Reading/ELA Results
Students must score at or above Performance Level 2 on the reading and language portions (not writing) of the MAAP-ELA, or meet certain exemptions, to be eligible for promotion to the fourth grade. Students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan who have received either intensive remediation for more than two years or who were previously retained for one year can qualify for a good cause exemption.
Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, a score above the lowest two achievement levels will be required. This means in Spring 2019, third-grade students must score at or above Performance Level 3, or meet certain exemptions, to be eligible for promotion to the fourth grade.