JACKSON, Miss. -- Nearly 3,000 Mississippi students dropped out of high school last year. But It’s your third grader that lawmakers are planning to target in hopes of reducing that number.
“88% of high school dropouts, in a study, were not able to read in third grade,” said Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, R-Oxford. So his suggestion: “If a child is not reading at grade level, there are some exceptions but, the child will be retained. And it’s not just repeating third grade. There will be some efforts made to really focus (on their reading) and to get a ready specialist involved.”
Tollison says the State Department of Education and ready specialists are already working with Tunica elementary school students. And their reading has improved by 90%. He hopes to replicate that same success at your child’s school.