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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

More than 30 third graders may not be promoted


Tunica County third grade students scored slightly below average on a recent statewide assessment of reading readiness, with 79 percent achieving a passing score of 926 or above. Those who achieved a passing score will be promoted to fourth grade; those who did not pass will likely repeat the third grade.

Statewide, just over 85 percent of third graders passed, representing 32,219 students. Nearly 15 percent, or 5,612 students, did not pass.

“Tunica County School District third graders performed significantly better than their Delta peers,” District Curriculum Coordinator Donna Smith said this week.

“Teachers have been preparing students for this rigorous assessment since the beginning of the school year,” Smith continued.

“We contribute our academic achievement to school leaders holding teachers accountable to the expectations of the Academic Plan.

“Our district’s Academic Plan requires students to have 25 minutes of engaged time on the Accelerated Reading program....”

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