Local pre-k students outscored the state average in kindergarten readiness results released this week.

Data from the Mississippi Department of Education says 46 percent of the 221 pre-k students tested in the Alcorn School District are ready to move on. The Corinth School District tested 204 pre-k students and 32 percent of those students are ready for kindergarten according to the report. The state average is 31 percent.

The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment evaluates early literacy skills, revealing students’ understanding and capabilities upon entering school.

The average scores are figured from those students who scored 530 or better on the test. That means a student can identify most letters of the alphabet and match most letters to their sounds. Students are beginning to “read” picture books and are building their vocabulary, listening skills and understanding of print.

Mississippi’s Superindent of Education Carey Wright plan a statewide decrease in scores on the pandemic. The average score prior to the pandemic in fall 2018 was 36 percent.

“The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment is further proof of the pandemic’s impact on students in the state,” said Wright. “Mississippi’s kindergarten teachers are outstanding. Yearly, their hard work leads to significant gains for the state’s youngest students, and I anticipate seeing those gains when students are retested in spring 2022.”

MDE allowed school districts to test students remotely in fall 2020 due to the pandemic. Districts and schools had access to their district-level and school-level data to make instructional decisions to improve readiness and growth. The fall 2020 results were not publicly reported because of concerns with the comparability of data from previous years, validity, and test administration flexibilities.

Local schools breakdown of those pre-k students ready to move on to kindergarten include:

Alcorn Central Elementary, 77 test-takers, 45 percent ready

Biggersville Elementary, 38 test-takers, 50 percent ready

Kossuth Elementary, 106 test-takers, 45 percent ready

Corinth Elementary, 204 test-takers, 32 percent ready

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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