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Mississippi sees consistent reading gains

Mississippi students have made consistent gains in reading over the past dozen years.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card, says Mississippi is one of the top leaders in score improvement in 4th grade reading between 2005 and 2017.

U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress

The narrative report on Mississippi, “NAEP Gains Follow State’s Efforts to Improve Student Achievement,” took a closer look at what has changed in the state over the years to move academic performance in Mississippi, where scores are increasing faster than the national average.

While Mississippi students still score below the national average on NAEP, the report noted that student achievement in the state has been improving on NAEP across grades and subject areas for years.

“Because of the hard work of teachers and leaders, Mississippi students have made substantial gains in academic achievement, and I am thrilled to see the National Governing Board’s interest in what we are doing in the state to improve education,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education.

The report also includes comments from education, policy and business leaders in Mississippi who attribute the student achievement gains to higher academic standards, a coordinated statewide focus on improving literacy; and greater professional support for teachers.

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