School Accountability

Public Comments Submitted to MDE Regarding Mississippi Succeeds Plan

Dr. Carey WrightDr. Nathan OakleyMississippi Department of EducationPO Box 771Jackson, MS 39205-0771 Dear Dr. Wright and Dr. Oakley, Please accept these written comments regarding the proposed Mississippi Consolidated State Plan, Mississippi Succeeds, being considered by the Mississippi Board of Education (MBE) for submission to the U.S. Department of Education in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds …

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2016 School and District Ratings

2016 school ratings have been released. You can see here how your school and district fared. Teachers and students are due a hearty congratulations. They have managed to stay focused and yield impressive academic improvement on both state and national measures, especially among our scholars with the most challenges. And they did it while weathering an accountability hurricane, with three …

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Changes to Accountability System Adopted by State Board of Education

After receiving 139 comments from parents, educators, and concerned citizens, the State Board of Education has voted to adopt several changes to the rules that govern the accountability system that determines school and district ratings. We are proud to say that the majority of respondents were parents. Thank you for being attentive and for speaking up …

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MDE Listening Tour Seeks Input on Accountability Plan

State superintendent Dr. Carey Wright has announced a “listening tour” to solicit input from parents, educators, and others about the way Mississippi assesses student learning and rates schools and school districts. Meetings are scheduled in seven cities around the state. The feedback provided will be used to devise a state accountability plan that will be …

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Good News on Mississippi Test Scores

Mississippi public school students and teachers had another good year, continuing the trend of better achievement and higher test scores. That is great news for our state! You can see here how schools and districts scored on the 2016 Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP) tests. This was the first administration of the MAP assessment. The true year-over-year comparison in …

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Study Says Mississippi’s Proficiency Bar is Set Above Grade Level

Get this: if your third grader is reading at a seventh-grade level, Mississippi does not consider her to be “advanced.” She won’t hit the advanced mark unless she reads at the nationally-normed 8.1 grade level, according to the cut scores set for Mississippi’s 2015 state test. To be considered proficient, your third grader had to perform at …

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Lovin’ This!

Wow! What a terrific start to the school year! We have loved seeing the amazing back-to-school photos and videos lighting up Facebook and Twitter: colorful classrooms, creative getting-to-know-you games, and brain-stretching learning activities. Teachers are fired up and ready for another outstanding year. Be sure to check out your own school district web site for …

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Accountability Ratings for Mississippi Schools and School Districts 2015

School ratings for 2015 are out. See district ratings here and school ratings here. “Yep, just what we thought.” That’s the likely response to today’s ratings from Mississippi parents and educators who feel their public schools have been set up to fail by a hostile legislature. While our national test scores are steadily rising, ratings governed by state officials …

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