Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Department of Education’

DAVID DALLAS: Mississippi’s in’adequate’ public schools

Public School Districts all over Mississippi are still signing up to sue the state for lack of funding according to the formula established under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. MAEP, as it is called, passed as law in 1997 and has only been “adequately” funded twice. 19 districts have signed on to the lawsuit so […] [...]

Education leaders applying for $15M in grants for pre-kindergarten program

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Education plans to seek grants from the federal government worth up to $15 million a year for four years to expand an existing pre-kindergarten program. That money could boost Mississippi’s fledgling effort to provide state-paid preschool for 4-year-olds. Supporters had hoped lawmakers would expand the amount of money they […] [...]

Board approves emergency contract for Common Core tests

JACKSON — The state Board of Education approved an emergency contract yesterday that means Mississippi’s public school students will take multistate tests this year to evaluate student mastery of the Common Core state standards. The board approved the $8.3 million contract with a unit of Pearson, PLC in a closed session. The one-year stopgap comes […] [...]

Officials confirm test cheating in Clarksdale schools

CLARKSDALE — State education officials said today that Clarksdale school district employees engaged in cheating on student tests or at least knew about it. In a statement, the Mississippi Department of Education said it had determined that an investigation conducted by testing security firm Caveon determined that “reasonable cause” existed to believe that employees had […] [...]

Commission recommends no state of emergency for Greenwood schools

GREENWOOD — The Commission on School Accreditation voted yesterday against recommending that a state of emergency be declared in the Greenwood School District. The Commission decided to give the district until Oct. 15 to correct all of the deficiencies found in the Mississippi Department of Education’s audit report. The MDE and the Mississippi School Board […] [...]

Commission to decide if emergency should be declared in Delta school system

GREENWOOD — Mississippi’s Commission on School Accreditation is meeting today to consider if it will recommend that a state of emergency be declared in the Greenwood School District. Such a recommendation would clear the way for the state Board of Education to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare an emergency, leading to a state takeover […] [...]

Delta school gets more time to reply to accreditation audit

GREENWOOD — The Greenwood school district will get six more days to respond to a report by the Mississippi Department of Education that claims widespread violations of state standards occurred in the district. Mississippi’s Commission on School Accreditation voted yesterday to give Greenwood until Monday to reply to a 46-page state accreditation audit. The commission […] [...]

Bryant’s criticism of Common Core raises questions

JACKSON — Gov Phil Bryant appeared to ratchet up his rhetoric against the Common Core academic standards yesterday, calling them “failed.” But late in the evening, a spokeswoman said his position had not changed, intensifying questions about whether Bryant’s statements would actually open the door to the standards’ repeal in Mississippi. Critics say Common Core […] [...]

Department of Education gives schools waiver for Common Core transition

JACKSON — The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has approved a one-year waiver from school letter grades for the 2013-14 school year as Mississippi transitions to college- and career-ready standards and aligned assessments. The ED notified the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) of its approval of MDE’s request for a one-year transitional timeline, which will […] [...]

Utah company hired to investigate test cheating at Delta school

CLARKSDALE — The Mississippi Department of Education has hired Utah-based Caveon Test Security to investigate cheating allegations at Heidelberg School in the Clarksdale Municipal School District. Caveon Test Security is a full-service test security organization that has national experience and expertise in the industry. “I want this investigation to be conducted in an efficient, orderly, […] [...]

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