JACKSON, Miss. – School- and district-level passing rates for the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment are now available to the public. Passing rates can be found here. Passing rates by school and district are presented as percentages in order to protect student privacy.

Students need to score at least 926 on the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment, which was administered in public schools statewide in April. Statewide, an estimate of 85 percent of 3rd graders achieved a passing score on the first administration of this test.

The score range for the test is 600 to 1,200. The average statewide score was 980. The breakdown of scores is as follows:

Score Range Number of Students Percentage of Students
<=699  – 0.00%
700-799 257 0.68%
800-899 2,903 7.67%
900-919  1,769 4.67%
920-925 683 1.81%
926-929 486 1.28%
930-949 3,540 9.36%
950-999 14,074 37.20%
1000-1099 13,691 36.19%
>=1100 428 1.13%


Local school districts will determine which of their students who did not pass qualify for one of the good cause exemptions for promotion to 4th grade. The remaining students will be retested before a decision is made about their promotion or retention.

Students who did not meet the passing score will be given two opportunities to retest. The first retest window is May 18-22, 2015. The second retest opportunity will take place between June 29 and August 7, 2015.

Mississippi’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act requires that a student scoring at the lowest achievement level on the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment be retained in 3rd grade, unless the student meets the good cause exemptions specified in the law. This school year is the first year that a reading test is required for 3rd graders to be promoted to 4th grade.

For information about summer reading programs, contact local school districts. For more information about the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, visit www.mde.k12.ms.us/literacy.


LBPA Next Steps

Parent Guide to Understanding 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment Score Report