HARRISBURG – Changing how PA students are taught to read was reviewed during a public hearing of the Senate Education Committee. PSSA scores for third graders last year show that almost half of the Commonwealth’s students are not proficient in reading. The hearing was held after the committee chairman read about how Mississippi successfully improved its education system, after many years of ranking among the worst in the nation. Mississippi fourth graders from low-income families are now ranked first in the nation on reading tests according to the National Assessment of Education Progress. The committee heard testimony from several reading and education experts. Bipartisan legislation, Senate Bill 801 would create a screening process to identify struggling readers and implement plans to prevent children from falling behind.