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Mississippi State Auditor Warns of Issues in State’s Education Data

Mississippi State Auditor Shad White has some warnings about the reliability of the state’s education data, calling attention to three recent reports on methods used to determine graduation rates, completion rates for career and technical programs, and student attendance. White says “lawmakers, the Department of...

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Mississippi Considering Ditching History Assessment

Kayleigh Skinner reports for Mississippi Today that the state’s Department of Education is considering eliminating the state’s U.S. history assessment. However, student performance on this test “is one component used in Mississippi’s accountability model, which assigns an A-F rating to schools and districts.” So, if...

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MS Dept. of Ed Accepting Public Comments on ESSA Plan

The Mississippi Dept. of Education is accepting public comment on the state’s ESSA plan. Mississippi’s plan “covers a myriad of topics and provides some insight into the educational areas the state may prioritize in the next few years.”

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MS Dept. of Ed Approves State’s ESSA Plan

The Mississippi Board of Education voted to approve the state’s ESSA plan. The Mississippi Dept. of Education stated, “The plan will work to bridge the achievement gap between black and white students.” The Board will continue to accept public feedback on the plan until July...

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MS Dept. of Ed Announces Listening Tour

The Mississippi Dept. of Education announced a listening tour to discuss the state’s ESSA plan. Meetings will address “measuring student success, resources for parents, subgroup methods of success, teacher and leader quality, and improvement strategies for underperforming schools.”

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