Regional Meetings for Parents: Strategies to Improve Reading for K-3 Students

Early Childhood

The Mississippi Department of Education announced today a series of regional meetings across the state for parents of students in kindergarten through grade 3. At the meetings, parents will receive an overview of the state law concerning literacy and assessment, as well as strategies that can be used at home to help student improve their reading skills.

The state law, known as the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA), focuses on prevention and intervention to help children develop the reading skills required for 4th grade. The law requires 3rd grade students to meet reading standards by the end of the school year to be promoted to 4th grade.

The Literacy-Based Promotion Act has made reading instruction a major focus of kindergarten through 3rd grade. Throughout the school year, teachers provide intensive reading instruction to students reading below grade level. Parent involvement is also critical to students’ success.

Beginning 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 qualify for promotion to 4th grade.

Parent resources in English and Spanish are available at:

Session times are the same at all locations: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
No registration is required

Date City Location
Thursday, October 4, 2018


Meridian MSU Kahlmus Auditorium
1000 Hwy 19 N
Meridian, MS 39307
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Oxford Oxford Conference Center
102 Ed Perry Blvd.
Oxford, MS 38655
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Hattiesburg Lowery A. Woodall Advanced Technology Center
906 Sullivan Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Thursday, October 11, 2018 Jackson (South) Bates Elementary School
3180 McDowell Rd Ext.
Jackson, MS 39204
Thursday, October 11, 2018 Jackson (North) McWillie Elementary School
4851 McWillie Circle
Jackson, MS 39206
Monday, October 15, 2018




Adams County Safe Room
323 Liberty Rd
Natchez, MS 39120
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Cleveland (New Location) Center for Community and Economic Development Building
1417 College Street
Cleveland, MS 

Media Contact: 

Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
Director of Communications

Jean Cook, APR
Communications Specialist