State Test Scores and Other Testing News

State test scores are in, and the news is good! School districts continued their decades-long trend of academic improvement. Mississippi students showed gains in nearly every grade and subject area, with more students scoring in the top three proficiency levels and fewer scoring in levels one and two. See the percent of students in your school and school …

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High Growth Formula

A school district’s MAEP allocation is determined by multiplying the state’s portion of the base student cost by the district’s average daily attendance. The average daily attendance figures that are used are those from the fall semester preceding the legislative session in which the appropriation is decided. The high growth formula was established to address the fact that school districts …

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Charter School Bill Will Get Another Vote

Today, Sen. Hob Bryan held the charter school bill (SB 2161) on a  motion to reconsider, giving senators another opportunity to vote on it, probably tomorrow. Please give your senator a call! As this bill stands now, even some districts currently rated A and B could be cannibalized by charter schools seeking high-performing students. How? Educators predict that changes …

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Appointed Versus Elected Superintendents

Governor Bryant signed Senate Bill 2438 into law, providing for the appointment, rather than election, of all school district superintendents, effective January 1, 2019. The Parents’ Campaign has advocated for this change since 2008. Updated 4/24/2012 There are about 60 school districts in Mississippi in which superintendents are elected. Throughout the US, with over 14,500 school districts, …

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Charter Bill Needs a Change – Please Call

Please give your senator a call about the charter school bill before Monday afternoon. While high quality charter schools can be a beneficial addition in chronically under-performing (D or F) school districts, they have the potential to harm good school districts by pulling away resources and diminishing the education provided to the vast majority of …

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Charter Schools in A, B, & C Districts, Calls Needed!

The House Education Committee has passed a bill that would allow charter schools to locate in any school district (including A, B, and C districts) without local board approval and would permit students to cross district lines to attend charter schools anywhere in the state, taking their local taxes with them. Ask your legislators to vote NO …

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