The Literacy-Based Promotion Act requires all 3rd grade public school students to pass a reading test to qualify for promotion to the 4th grade. The reading portion of the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) English Language Arts (ELA) test will determine whether students meet the requirement for promotion. Students who do not meet the promotion requirement on the 3rd Grade MAAP ELA test will be given two retesting opportunities.
Starting in the 2018-19 school year, 3rd grade students must score at level 3 or higher on the reading portion of the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) English Language Arts test to qualify for promotion to 4th grade – a higher benchmark than in previous years.
- April 15 – 26, 2019: 3rd Grade MAAP ELA assessment testing window (Districts on Spring Break will test on alternate dates.)
- May 13 – 17, 2019: 3rd Grade Reading Alternative Assessment (first retest opportunity)
- June 24 – August 2, 2019: 3rd Grade Reading Alternative Assessment (second retest opportunity)
Parents and teachers will receive a student report for the reading portion of the 3rd Grade MAAP ELA test before May 13, 2019. The report will indicate whether the student meets or does not meet the Literacy-Based Promotion Act promotion requirement. Students who do not meet the promotion requirement will be scheduled for the 3rd Grade Reading Alternative Assessment during the window of May 13-17, 2019. Students who do not pass the alternative assessment will be given a final opportunity to retest during the window of June 24 – August 2, 2019.