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Mississippi has implemented several literacy policies aimed at improving reading proficiency among its students. The state's approach to literacy education focuses on evidence-based instruction, early intervention, and support for struggling readers. One key policy is the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards for English Language Arts, which outlines the skills and knowledge that students need to develop in order to be successful readers, including phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Mississippi provides training and support for educators in evidence-based literacy practices, such as structured literacy instruction and the use of assessment data to guide instruction. The state has established the Mississippi Department of Education's Office of Elementary Education and Reading to provide guidance and support to educators and promote evidence-based literacy practices.

Mississippi uses a statewide assessment, the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP), to monitor student progress in reading and identify areas where additional support is needed. The state's Response to Intervention (RTI) framework provides a systematic approach to identifying and supporting struggling readers, with tiered levels of intervention based on student needs.

The Mississippi Department of Education also partners with local organizations and agencies to promote literacy development through initiatives such as the Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Act and the Mississippi Early Learning Collaborative. These programs aim to support literacy development among students and families, particularly those in low-income communities. Additionally, the state has established the Mississippi Early Learning Standards, which focuses on promoting early literacy development among young children in the state.

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Mississippi Student Score Gaps:

  • This represents no significant change from the state’s 2019 average score.

  • In 2022, Black students had an average score that was 25 points lower than that of White students. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (26 points).

  • In 2022, Hispanic students had an average score that was 16 points lower than that of White students. Data was not reported for Hispanic students in 1998, because reporting standards were not met.

  • In 2022, male students in Mississippi had an average score that was lower than that for female students by 11 points.

  • In 2022, students who were eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) had an average score that was 25 points lower than that for students who were not eligible. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (26 points).

Information from the  NAEP website for 2022 4th grade reading scores.




These organizations are committed to promoting evidence-based reading practices, providing professional development opportunities for educators, and supporting students in developing strong reading skills.

Mississippi Department of Education

Mississippi Reading Association


Mississippi Council of Teachers of English

The International Dyslexia Association - Mississippi Branch

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