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

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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