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Fast Facts About Education in Mississippi

A recent Mississippi Economic Council survey revealed that the number one concern of Mississippi business leaders and community stakeholders is education. The survey report states, “Far and away the most significant input, shared by everyone in the state, regards education. Through the stakeholder input forms, every city reported Education as the number one concern for their …

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Good News and Bad News for Mississippi in Quality Counts Report Card

Education Week has released its Quality Counts “report card” on the nation’s public schools. The good news is that our Standards and Accountability once again received outstanding grades with an overall Standards, Assessment and Accountability grade of B+, ranking us just above the national average and in the top half of all states. Our standards are high and …

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Conference Committee

When the House of Representatives and the Senate fail to agree on any portion of a piece of legislation, conference can be invited by the chamber in which the bill originated in order to work out the differences.  When conference is invited, a conference committee is formed to negotiate the compromise.  The conference committee is …

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MSBA Names Lighthouse School Leaders

The Mississippi School Boards Association has announced that 20 Mississippi school districts have been recognized as 2010 Lighthouse School Leaders. This recognition is awarded in three categories to districts that reach the highest levels of student achievement: Beacon Awards, Lantern Awards and Torch Awards. The Beacon Award recognizes school districts with a QDI of 200 or above …

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Mississippi Showing Significant Gains in Student Achievement

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) issued a report today showing that Mississippi has made significant gains in student achievement on national measures in the past couple of years. Mississippi students have made significant progress in a number of areas, including: Achieving the largest percentage-point increase in the nation in reading at the Basic Level on the National Assessment of …

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Communities Support Schools at Test Time

Communities are rallying around their schools in impressive ways to ensure that schools have what they need to get the job done.  Each year, state testing (MCT2, SATP, etc.) provides them the perfect opportunity to show their support for their schools and schoolchildren.  Here are just a few of the ways that schools, parents and communities have worked …

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The way we see it.

Mississippians of every stripe and political persuasion are pushing efforts to bring Mississippi children to the same level of achievement enjoyed by students in other states – to level the playing field when it comes to quality of education, student achievement and opportunity for life-long success. While legislators and education leaders have been successful in …

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