JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will get $2.4 million to train veteran teachers to help other teachers improve reading instruction.
The three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, announced Tuesday, would pay for teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to become literacy coaches.
The foundation's William Buster says the board will train the teachers, and that teachers will aid summer tutoring programs in 50 poorly performing public school districts.
Under a law taking effect this spring, Mississippi's 38,000 third-graders must reach basic reading proficiency to be promoted to fourth grade. Students held back are supposed to get special attention.
Some other state reading efforts have looked to literacy coaches to help improve teaching methods. Mississippi has 53 coaches in 78 schools this year, although some local districts had more.