The purpose of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act is to improve the reading skills of pre-kindergarten - 3rd grade public school students so that every student completing 3rd grade is ready for 4th grade reading instruction. Assessments are used to identify students with reading deficiencies and to find out more detailed information about students’ needs to help teachers target reading instruction and intervention accordingly.
A screening assessment is administered during the first 30 days of school. Similar assessments may also be administered midyear and at the end of the school year to determine progression in pre-kindergarten - 3rd grades. If a reading deficiency is determined, the school will contact the parents in writing, and the student will be provided intensive intervention to help become a successful reader.
The Mississippi K-3 Assessment Support System (MKAS2) is the assessment system used to meet the requirements of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act. As a part of MKAS2, the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment is administered to all public pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. This instrument provides an understanding of what children know and are able to do upon entering kindergarten. Results from this assessment are used to help improve the quality of classroom instruction and determine interventions and services students need.
The 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment is another component of MKAS2. This multiple-choice test will be given online via a computer or tablet in your child’s school. All 3rd grade public school students are required to take this assessment. A student scoring at the lowest achievement level in reading will be given two opportunities to retake the test. If his or her score does not improve, the student will not be promoted to 4th grade. For sample test questions please watch this informative video or view the Test Item Blueprint.