1 in 4 Mississippi 3rd Graders Fail Reading Test

YAZOO COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — About one in four Mississippi third graders failed a toughened reading test on the first try this spring. Mississippi is one of 16 states that require third-grade students to pass a reading score threshold or risk repeating third grade. The state raised the threshold this year, mandating students reach the middle of five scoring levels. Students had a second chance last week, although those results aren’t yet available. Students will get a third chance later this summer. Officials predicted passing rates would drop from last year’s 93.8 percent when students only had to reach the second level. 94% of Chickasaw County school district’s third-graders passed. Yazoo City district students scored the lowest at 32%.


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