The Mississippi Department of Education will be meeting with parents of kindergarten through 3rd grade students as part of its efforts to help districts implement the Literacy-Based Promotion Act.
The legislation requires that 3rd grade students who do not meet reading standards by the end of the 3rd grade be held back a year.
Parents will receive an overview of the legislation and a sample test, as well as strategies that can be used to help improve literacy for children.
“Parents are their child’s first teacher, and reading with children is a proven way to promote early literacy,” said Dr. Kymyona Burk, state literacy director. “By reading with children for 20 minutes per day and making a few simple strategies a part of their daily routine, parents can make a positive impact on their child’s success in school.”
The dates for the meetings are:
Feb. 16: Oxford (Oxford Conference Center)
Feb. 21: Jackson (North, McWillie Elementary School)
Feb. 21: Jackson (South, Bates Elementary School)
Feb. 21: Meridian (MSU Kahlmus Auditorium)
Feb. 23: Gulfport (Harrison County School District Center for Excellence)
Feb. 27: Cleveland (Delta State University Jacob Center, Ewing Hall)
Feb. 28: Hattiesburg, Woodall Center