OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi literacy education scholar Angela Rutherford is among six people appointed to an expert panel to work with the Mississippi Department of Education to recommend new standardized assessment tools for public K-3 reading programs.
The Mississippi Reading Panel was established by MDE as part of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act signed into law last spring. The act is designed to improve student achievement in reading by hiring new literacy coaches throughout the state, implementing new teaching methodologies and assessments and stopping promotion to the fourth grade for children who read below their grade level.
As recently as 2012, MDE’s testing data showed nearly 47 percent of Mississippi third-graders read below level.