2016 Third-grade Reading Results

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced that 92.01% of 2015-2016 third graders achieved a passing score on the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Asssessment, including students who were retested over the summer. In the initial test administration in March-April, 87% of students achieved a passing score.

Final results after Summer 2016 retesting:

  • 92.01%, or 36,348 students, met or exceeded passing score of 926
  • 7.99%, or 3,155 students, scored below 926

Results of Spring 2016 initial testing:

  • 87%, or 34,281 students, met or exceeded the passing score of 926
  • 13%, or 5,132 students, scored below 926

See district and school-level passage rates, and further information about the assessment results:

2016 3rd Grade Reading Assessment Final Results 2016 3rd Grade Reading Assessment Initial Results


Students must score at least 926 on the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment or meet certain exemptions to be eligible for promotion to the fourth grade. The Mississippi Legislature in 2016 amended the Literacy-based Promotion Act to provide that, beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan who have received either intensive remediation for more than two years or who were previously retained for one year can now qualify for a good cause exemption.

The law also was amended to require, beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, a score above the lowest two achievement levels on the state reading assessment in order to be promoted to the fourth grade.

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