School Accountability

Good News in Mississippi Test Scores

School rankings and ratings can sometimes mask extraordinary work. That’s the take-away from our deep dive into Mississippi’s test data. We looked at math and language proficiency rates on Mississippi’s 2012-2013 state tests (most recent available by subgroup), comparing poor and non-poor students in C-rated school districts to those in districts rated A and B, and found that: …

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State Test Scores, Budget Recommendation Released

Scores from last spring’s state testing have been released, and they are very much in line with expectations. These tests for grades 3 through 8 were aligned with the more challenging subject matter that is now being taught in Mississippi classrooms. Statewide, 59 percent of 3rd through 8th grade students scored in the top three …

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Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards

The Mississippi Department of Education adopted more rigorous standards in 2010 in an effort to bring the achievement of Mississippi students in line with that of their peers in other states. The Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards outline the skills that each student should master at each academic grade level in English/Language Arts and Math. …

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Vouchers, Graduation Requirements, and Common Core

Last week, Governor Bryant signed SB 2695, the voucher bill that allows taxpayer dollars to be used to pay tuition for children with special needs to attend private academies and for-profit schools. The voucher schools are not required to admit all students who apply and are not required to provide special education services to the …

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Mississippi’s Graduation Requirements for Children with Disabilities

All Mississippi students, including those with disabilities, should be provided a free and appropriate education to ensure that they have every opportunity to lead successful, independent lives. Recently, the education of children with special needs has received a good bit of well-deserved attention. Unfortunately, in most cases, only partial information, some of which has been …

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Accountability Ratings for Mississippi Schools and School Districts 2014

The Mississippi Department of Education has released the 2014 school and school district accountability ratings. However, these ratings in part reflect results of MCT2 tests, which districts were required to administer, even though most districts had transitioned to teaching under the new standards. Because what was tested was not what was taught, districts were told …

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Public Comments Invited on Proposed Accountability Model

The public has until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2013, to weigh in on the proposed new accountability model, which is set to take effect in this school year. Click on the links below to see detailed information about the proposed changes. Memo from Dr. Paula Vanderford of MDE inviting comments  Details of the proposed components of the …

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