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For Immediate Release: September 12, 2018

Regional Meetings for Parents: Strategies to Improve Reading for K-3 Students

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi Department of Education announced today a series of regional meetings across the state for parents of students in kindergarten through grade 3. At the meetings, parents will receive an overview of the state law concerning literacy and assessment, as well as strategies that can be used at home to help student improve their reading skills.

The state law, known as the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA), focuses on prevention and intervention to help children develop the reading skills required for 4th grade. The law requires 3rd grade students to meet reading standards by the end of the school year to be promoted to 4th grade.

The Literacy-Based Promotion Act has made reading instruction a major focus of kindergarten through 3rd grade. Throughout the school year, teachers provide intensive reading instruction to students reading below grade level. Parent involvement is also critical to students’ success.

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, 3rd grade students must score at level 3 or higher on the reading portion of the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) English Language Arts test qualify for promotion to 4th grade.

Parent resources in English and Spanish are available at:

Session times are the same at all locations: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
No registration is required


Thursday, October 4, 2018

MSU Kahlmus Auditorium

1000 Hwy 19 N

Meridian, MS 39307


Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Oxford Conference Center

102 Ed Perry Blvd.

Oxford, MS 38655


Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Lowery A. Woodall Advanced Technology Center

906 Sullivan Drive

Hattiesburg, MS 39401


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jackson (South)

Bates Elementary School

3180 McDowell Rd Ext.

Jackson, MS 39204


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jackson (North)

McWillie Elementary School

4851 McWillie Circle

Jackson, MS 39206


Monday, October 15, 2018


Adams County Safe Room

323 Liberty Rd

Natchez, MS 39120


Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Delta State University

Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House

Hwy 8 West

Cleveland, MS 38733