Wednesday, May 13, 2015

MDE Publishes 3RD Grade Reading Test Results - How Did We Do?

The results are in. After debate and controversy, the statewide 3rd
grade reading test has been completed and the results published by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) on May 8th.

The test given this year for the first time evaluates a student’s reading ability and readiness to advance to the 4th grade level. Students who did not achieve the minimum score may be required to remain at the 3rd grade level.

The minimum passing score is 926 out of a possible 1200. The 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment was given to all 3rd grade students statewide in April.

Statewide, the initial statistics indicate that 85% of students achieved the standard or better. The average statewide score was 980.

Overall, students in the Louisville Municipal School District mirrored the statewide results with a District wide result of 85% pass/15% fail. In good news, 3rd graders at Noxapater and Nanih Waiya far surpassed the average with passing rates of 95% and 97% respectively (Nanih Waiya actually achieved 100% pass rate due to an enrollment issue). Test results from Louisville Elementary were slightly below the state average at 81% pass/19% fail.

According to MDE…. “Students who did not meet the passing score will be given two opportunities to retest. The first retest window is May 18-22, 2015. The second retest opportunity will take place between June 29 and August 7, 2015.”

“Mississippi’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act requires that a student scoring at the lowest achievement level on the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment be retained in 3rd grade, unless the student meets the good cause exemptions specified in the law. This school year is the first year that a reading test is required for 3rd graders to be promoted to 4th grade.”

“Local school districts will determine which of their students who did not pass qualify for one of the good cause exemptions for promotion to 4th grade. The remaining students will be retested before a decision is made about their promotion or retention.”

Students who fail the test after 3 attempts will be retained in the 3rd grade and the school district must provide intensive reading intervention and support.

Good cause exemption and promotion must meet very specific requirements and documentation by the school district before consideration. An exemption must be approved by the student's principal and the superintendent before a student can advance.

The following chart shows results from LMSD and surrounding school districts. The full list is available on the MDE website at the following link: