Horn Lake Middle School

Desoto County, MS



  • Generation Ready partnered with Horn Lake Middle School in 2015 to implement the Middle School Literacy Initiative (MSLI)
  • MSLI is a comprehensive approach to raising literacy outcomes
  • The primary focus of the work was to improve the Tier I literacy instruction across content areas


Focus of Service:

  • Generation Ready provided 40 days of onsite coaching support for Grade 6
  • Supported the use of a universal reading screener to target instruction and monitor student progress
  • Improved Tier I literacy instruction by supporting teachers in:
    • Increasing the quantity and quality of student time on text
    • Providing explicit reading comprehension instruction
  • Increasing the volume of academic vocabulary
  • Expanding academic discussion


  • The percentage of students in the At or Above Grade Level groups increased from nearly 22% in the fall to nearly 46% in the spring
  • The percentage of students in the At Risk group decreased from 44.1% in the fall to 16.7% in the spring
  • Student scores grew 7.5 DRP levels on average in the spring vs. fall … +150% higher than the national median for Grade 6 students