Wednesday, May 18, 2016

LMSD Shows Improvement in 3rd Grade Test Score

The statewide 3rd grade reading test has been completed and the results published by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) on May 12th.The test 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.


Students in the Louisville Municipal School District overall achieved a marked improvement in test scores for 2016 over 2015. A pass rate of 90.4% in 2016 represents a more than 5% jump in overall scores from the 85% rate in 2015. The largest improvement in scores occurred at Louisville Elementary which saw an increase from approximately 81% to nearly 90% (89.9%) 230 third graders in Winston County took the literacy test in 2016.

LMSD Superintendent Ken McMullan was overall pleased with the improvements. “We owe this success to our teachers, our literacy coaches and to our partnership with Mississippi State University in the Dreams program. We would like to thank everyone for the time and effort that they put in to help out students.”

McMullan noted that the test score improvements placed LMSD schools at or above score levels for most surrounding districts. Our review of surrounding districts include:

LMSD 90.4%
Neshoba 90.3%
Philadelphia 85.1%
Noxubee 79.3%
Starkville- Oktibbeha 82.8%
Attala 88.5%
Kosciusko 89.9%
Choctaw 95%
Leake 79.6%
Kemper 83.5%

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 87% of students achieved the standard or better. The average statewide score was 983. This showed slight improvement from the previous year.

According to MDE…. “Students who did not meet the passing score will be given two opportunities to retest. The first retest window is May 16-22, 2016. The second retest opportunity will take place between June 27 and August 5, 2016.”

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.

More information about the process and test scores for all districts and schools across the state can be found on the Mississippi Department of Education’s website by clicking here
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