Mississippi was recognized by the National Assessment Governing Board for consistently improving National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores across grades and subject areas for the past 12 years. Although state scores are still below the NAEP national average, the increases in Mississippi have exceeded the national average increase in every category from 2005–2017. The state has been especially effective in improving fourth grade reading scores. The National Assessment Governing Board report identified key actions by the Mississippi Department of Education that contributed to these steady gains. They include developing a more rigorous set of standards, revising assessments to better align with NAEP expectations, and passing the Literacy-Based Promotions Act in 2013 that outlined strategies to improve K–3 literacy.