Statewide kindergarten assessment reveals majority of students enter school unprepared

Published: Oct. 21, 2014 at 8:24 PM CDT
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - The results of Mississippi's first statewide assessment of Kindergarten readiness reveal that two-thirds of the state's youngest learners enter school unprepared to learn.

More than 40,000 Kindergarteners from 144 districts throughout the state took the STAR Early Literacy exam during the first month of the 2014-15 school year. More than 65% of students scored below the 530 benchmark score that indicates a student has mastered at least 70% of early reading skills. The state average score was 501.

The assessment evaluated skills such as the ability to recognize letters and match letters to their sounds and a student's recognition that print flows from left to right. The exam produced reports for parents and teachers that detail each child's early reading skills. Teacher reports also include diagnostic information and instructional plans for every student.

Research from a four-year study show that 84% of students at the beginning of Kindergarten with a score of 530 or above on the STAR Early Literacy exam are on track to become proficient readers by the end of third grade.

To view the results, visit The Department of Education website.

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