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Results are in and more students passed the third grade reading gate test this year than last. The literacy based promotion act requires third graders to pass a reading assessment to advance to the fourth grade. The percentage of students with passing grades increased five points statewide from last year from 87 to 92 percent. On the coast six of the 15 South Mississippi School Districts had 95 percent of students or more pass. The ocean springs and stone county school districts are in the top 10 performing school districts in the state. Third-grade students in the Gulfport, Jackson County, Pass Christian and Pascagoula-Gautier School Districts also had a 95 percent or more pass rate. The Biloxi, Harrison County, and Long Beach School Districts were close behind with 94 or 95 percent of students passing.

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