Accountability Ratings Delayed by State Board of Education

The State Board of Education has voted to delay consideration of school and district accountability ratings until its October meeting. Some board members expressed a desire to spend more time reviewing the ratings and considering the numerous public comments they received. Many of the public comments noted reservations about the annual use of percentile rankings to reset baseline (cut) scores for accountability grades. The board agreed to use its upcoming October retreat to review the accountability model and the methodology used to set baseline scores.

See the Mississippi Department of Education’s news release about the delay.

Thank you to those of you who sent the MDE your insights about the resetting of baseline scores. We will keep you posted as we learn more about the work MDE and the State Board are doing to ensure that we have an accountability system that provides a fair and accurate representation of the progress being made in Mississippi’s public schools.

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