- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Mooreville Elementary School will be one of the first schools in Lee County to shift its special education program toward remediation.

Officials said the move is to help special education students get the reading skills they need.

Special Education Director Kathy Dickerson told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1NR4TCD ) that while special education teachers have done well in helping students pass their classes, there has been a lack of remediation in deficit skills in reading.

Dickerson said there is a need to help the students grow in their reading skills as they move from grade to grade. She said they often remain on the same reading level for long periods of time, regardless of grade.

Dickerson said this swapping a grade focus for a skill focus could mean special students see a drop in grades. She said the hope is that more students will have the skills necessary to get them to graduation.

The big picture, Dickerson said, is the improvement in the students’ graduation rate, which is currently 18 percent.

Of the district’s 7,000 students, 1,100 of them qualify as special education.

Dickerson said the shift may look different at each school because applications may work differently for each principal and his or her staff. Dickerson said, the overall goal of increased student achievement will be the same across the district.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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