Journal to examine state literacy efforts

By NEMS Daily Journal

Nothing is more fundamental to learning than reading comprehension. Mississippi students have long trailed the nation in literacy skills, and our adult population has a high functional illiteracy rate. Improving reading in the state has become a primary focus of educators, policymakers and private foundations, but promising past efforts have never produced sustained results.
On Sunday, the Daily Journal, as part of its year-long “The State of Our Schools” series, begins a five-day examination of the challenges of literacy improvement in Mississippi. The series will begin on the front page each day through Thursday.