State of Our Schools: Kindergarten readiness

For the first time this fall, Mississippi gave a test to all of its kindergartners at the beginning of the year to determine their readiness for school. More than 40,000 kindergartners in 144 school districts took the STAR Early Literacy Exam.

It revealed that two-thirds were not ready to start school. Here were the results:

-Benchmark score: 530*

-State average score: 501

-K students scoring 530 or above: 13,944

-K students scoring below 530: 26,461

-Schools with average score above 530: 67 (of 426)

-Districts with average score above 530: 19 (of 144)

*-The benchmark score of 530 was associated with 70-percent mastery of the assessed early literacy skills. Based on a four-year longitudinal study, 84 percent of students at the beginning of kindergarten with a score of 530 or above on the STAR Early Literacy Exam meet or exceed criteria for proficiency in reading at the end of third grade.


Northeast Mississippi school district average scores:

Aberdeen 513

Alcorn County 498

Amory 508

Baldwyn 484

Benton County 488

Booneville 522

Calhoun County 489

Chickasaw County 521

Clay County 508

Corinth 519

Holly Springs 498

Houston 525

Itawamba County 512

Lafayette County 533

Lee County 521

Marshall County 491

Monroe County 531

Nettleton 506

New Albany 503

North Tippah 476

Okolona 472

Oktibbeha County 472

Oxford 553

Pontotoc City 505

Pontotoc County 497

Prentiss County 493

South Tippah 491

Starkville 522

Tishomingo County 529

Tupelo 530

Union County 502

West Point 502

State Average 501

Read the entire State of Our Schools series, including the current installment about pre-K here:

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