JPS students brush up on literacy skills at "Read to Succeed" re - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

JPS students brush up on literacy skills at "Read to Succeed" reading program

The Mississippi Children’s Museum is hosting its summer “Read to Succeed” program. Source: WLBT The Mississippi Children’s Museum is hosting its summer “Read to Succeed” program. Source: WLBT
This year’s program began on June 18 and helps selected Jackson Public School third graders get the extra help they need to pass the gateway test. Source: WLBT This year’s program began on June 18 and helps selected Jackson Public School third graders get the extra help they need to pass the gateway test. Source: WLBT
Third graders are required to pass the test in order to move on to the fourth grade. Source: WLBT Third graders are required to pass the test in order to move on to the fourth grade. Source: WLBT
students get three attempts to pass the test; twice during the school year and once during the summer before having to either repeat the third grade or move on to the fourth grade. Source: WLBT students get three attempts to pass the test; twice during the school year and once during the summer before having to either repeat the third grade or move on to the fourth grade. Source: WLBT
Ealey said there are a number of reasons why some students may be experiencing difficulty with the test. Source: WLBT Ealey said there are a number of reasons why some students may be experiencing difficulty with the test. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Children’s Museum is hosting its summer “Read to Succeed” program.

This year’s program began on June 18 and helps selected Jackson Public School third graders get the extra help they need to pass the gateway test.

Third graders are required to pass the test in order to move on to the fourth grade.

“We target the ones that primarily have the lowest scores on their third grade Gateway test, and they have one final attempt to take test,” said Monique Ealey, director of education and programs at the Mississippi Children’s Museum. “We bring them here the week before that test and offer them some intervention and remediation in hopes that they can get over that hump and pass the test.”

Ealey said students get three attempts to pass the test; twice during the school year and once during the summer before having to either repeat the third grade or move on to the fourth grade.

Ealey said there are a number of reasons why some students may be experiencing difficulty with the test.

“One could be undiagnosed learning challenges,” Ealey said. “Just the stress of taking tests; we all know even as adults, we sometimes have anxiety and apprehension when we’re being watched and monitored. There’s so much pressure placed on them to pass because if they don’t pass, then they won’t move forward. A lack of confidence, not being encouraged, there are many different factors that play a role in them not being able to pass.”

Ealey said encouragement and motivation from instructors helps push the students to do their best.

The students are broken up into small groups and cycle through different stations that focus on comprehension, and phonics and vocabulary.

Students who work with a reading interventionist are pulled into a smaller group for more one-on-one instruction.

When the students are done with instruction, they are taken inside the museum to wind down for a little while.

“This is one of the most inspiring and meaningful programs that we have to offer,” Ealey said. “ We’re really able to see the growth and difference that it makes just in this one week. When we get those scores back, even if there are a few students who have not passed the test, they at least have made growth or gains from their previous test scores. Just to know that we were able to help make that difference, it means everything to us.”

The program wraps up on June 22 with a big party for the students. 

Copyright 2018 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly