Month: August 2017

Changes Pending Regarding Special Education Diploma Options

Diploma options for children with special needs are changing, and you have an opportunity to weigh in on how those changes unfold. Parents and teachers of students with special needs can submit comments to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) by August 31 on its plan to change the diploma options available to students with disabilities. …

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Mississippi Board of Ed Action Commendable, Not Perfect

State Test Scores Released Today the Mississippi Board of Education voted on an amended recommendation from MDE to: • Reestablish the accountability rating baseline (cut) scores for 2016-2017 using the same percentile ranking that was used to determine school and district ratings (letter grades) last year• Publish two ratings for each school and district – one based …

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School Ratings: Percentile Rankings & New Cut Scores – Again

The Mississippi Department of Education’s (MDE’s) Commission on School Accreditation (CSA) has recommended that new accountability cut scores be set and that percentile rankings be used again this year to determine school and school district ratings. MDE officials explained that the cut scores were set artificially high last year. Director of Assessment Walt Drane shared this analogy, …

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Ready to Learn

Ready for the best year yet! Mississippi public school teachers are welcoming students back to class, excited, focused, and ready to “raise the bar!” Our amazing teachers and administrators have worked hard through the summer, preparing to lead our children through another great year of growing and learning.Local businesses and churches are stepping up, donating …

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Speaker Gunn's proposed income tax elimination jeopardizes teacher pay raises and school funding far into the future.

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