The impact of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, passed in 2013, and the subsequent improvement in the reading achievement of students in Grades K–3, has been an integral part of Mississippi’s growth in student achievement on the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP). Seeking to expand their success to the upper grades, Mississippi has partnered with Region 7 Comprehensive Center to build the knowledge of evidence-based literacy instruction and interventions as well as the capacity to deliver evidence-based instruction and interventions with fidelity, for teachers in Grades 4–8.
The Mississippi Grades 4–8 literacy plan is a capacity-building project to improve state district, and school leadership as well as instructional services that drive effective implementation and sustainability of evidence-based literacy practices containing timely and equitable classroom intervention. Project activities include, but are not limited to: (1) review and analysis of state readiness through the use of capacity assessments; (2) collaborative development of a literacy instruction needs assessment; (3) analysis and support for the development of a comprehensive state literacy plan; and (4) the collaborative development of a framework and guidance documents for implementation of literacy innovations for the upper grades.
The project targets multiple literacy leadership audiences with the ultimate goals of: (1) improving Grades 4–8 teacher knowledge and skill in delivering evidence-based literacy instruction, assessment, timely intervention; and (2) improving Grades 4–8 student literacy development across demographics that closes the student literacy performance gaps on state assessments and the NAEP.