School Accountability

Wow! Great News About Mississippi Public Schools

Mississippi’s public school teachers are amazing, and our most recent national test scores prove it! Over the last decade, Mississippi students have outpaced the nation in improvement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the “Nation’s Report Card.” But the really great news comes when we dig a little deeper. When test scores are disaggregated, …

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Good News on the Accountability Front

A couple of weeks ago, educators who work in K-1 and K-2 schools gathered at a Mississippi Association of School Administrators conference to discuss the challenges surrounding how lower elementary schools are rated. They shared their frustrations about the current system, which they say often yields: Low teacher morale Strained relationships with feeder schools Unfair distribution …

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2017 School and District Ratings Released

Great things are happening in Mississippi classrooms! That’s the takeaway from the school and district ratings released today by the Mississippi Board of Education. Students demonstrated higher achievement in math, reading, science, and history, along with improvements in ACT scores and graduation rates. See the ratings for schools and school districts here. Accountability rating systems are not …

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Lower Elementary School Ratings May Cause Heartburn

If your lower elementary school’s rating is not what you think it should be, I might have an explanation for you: its rating is based on test scores from another school. The feds require that all schools be rated. Mississippi’s state accountability testing begins in grade three. That creates a challenge when it comes to rating lower elementary …

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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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New Assessment, Ambitious Goals in State Ed Plan

Next Sunday, July 16, is the deadline to give your feedback on Mississippi’s new plan for public education in our state: Mississippi Succeeds. Each state is required to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education explaining how it will comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, the replacement for No Child Left Behind). …

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New State Education Plan

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) wants your feedback on its new plan for public education in our state. Each state is required to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education explaining how it will comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, the replacement for No Child Left Behind). MDE officials …

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