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

Sunset over Beaverdam

A recent sunset over storied Beaver Dam Lake in Tunica County was captured in all its glory at the end of a day of duck hunting. The private lake was made famous by legendary outdoor writer Nash Buckingham and remains a premier spot for waterfowling.

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Town vehicle stolen, wrecked

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Tunica students struggling in reading, math

Nearly three quarters of Tunica County’s third grade public school students have minimal or partial understanding in English and language arts, according to last spring’s state tests.

That means 123 of those 177 students are already falling far behind many of their peers in Mississippi and nationwide.

The stakes are high: at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, over 30 Tunica third graders were almost held back due to lagging reading skills. Those who didn’t pass the Third-Grade Reading Summative Assessment the first time could retake the test; many of those 30 eventually were able to move on to fourth grade.

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Recent school scores show Mississippi still far behind other states

For the 2014-2015 school year, Mississippi public school students were tested from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, instead of the more familiar Mississippi Curriculum Test.

According to a December release by the Mississippi Department of Education, educators had been braced for a drop in student performance, and as anticipated, student performance dropped from previous years’ performance levels in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Statewide, only 30 percent of students in grades 3-8 met or exceeded expectations in ELA and only 26 percent met or exceeded expectations in mathematics.

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