Third Grade Reading
Mississippi’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act requiring all 3rd graders to demonstrate they read well enough to be promoted to 4th grade. Under the law, third grade students who can’t read proficiently on grade level at the end of the year will be retained and not promoted to the next grade level. The information below is provided to serve as a guide for parents and others to support the Third Grade Literacy Promotion Act.
MDE Third Grade Reading Summative Assessment
Students will be asked to answer 50 multiple choice items based on short questions and passages up to 55 words long. The test is computer adaptive, which means questions get more or less difficult depending on whether a student answered the previous question correctly. Test items will assess comprehension of literature and informational text, the use of vocabulary, and foundational reading skills including phonics, word recognition and fluency.
MDE Third Grade Reading Resources for Parents
- MDE 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment (MKAS2)
- MDE 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment (MKAS2) Blueprint and Sample Test Items Booklet
- Parent MKAS 2 Score Report Guide
- Parent Read-At-Home Guide
Strong Readers = Strong Leaders is a component of Mississippi’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act. Parents, educators and community members are all encouraged to be involved in equipping students to be strong readers through the resources on the website.