Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Initiative

The Office of Elementary Education and Reading is responsible for supporting and training K-3rd grade teachers, curriculum specialists and other educators by providing research-based instructional strategies on literacy and guidance on the implementation of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act. Passed during the 2013 legislative session, the Literacy-Based Promotion Act places an emphasis on grade-level reading skills, particularly as students’ progress through grades K-3. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, a student scoring at the lowest achievement level in reading on the established state-wide assessment for 3rd grade will not be promoted to 4th grade unless the student qualifies for a good cause exemption.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kymyona Burk, State Literacy Director (K-12) or Dr. Tenette Smith at 601-359-2586 or at or

Resources for Parents:
Literacy-Based Promotion Act Parents as Partners Video
Parent Read-At-Home Plan_MDE_LBPA
Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read – A Parent Guide(K-3)
PTA:Parents' Guides to Student Success

Resources for Teachers:

Rethink Literacy! Training for Grades 3rd – 5th
Passport to Literacy Training for Grades Pre-K – 2nd
Sample 120-Minute Reading Block Schedule
Elementary Literacy Focus of the Month Manual (August - April)
Secondary Literacy Focus of the Month Manual (August - April)
Literacy Kit Activites
K-Readiness Implementation Guide
MKAS2-Mississippi K-3 Assessment Support System
Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners
Florida Center for Reading Research
English Language Learner(ELL) Supports
Academic Language and English Language Learners
Parent Read-At-Home Plan

Office of Elementary Education and Reading/Secondary Education/Professional Development
            Phone: (601) 359-2586 / (601) 359-3461 / (601) 359-2869
Fax: (601) 359-2040
P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771        

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