Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Department of Education’

Board of Education chooses system from Wisconsin company

JACKSON —  The Mississippi State Board of Education has approved the use of a K-3 assessment system from Renaissance Learning, a Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.-based provider of online assessments and data-powered teaching and learning solutions. This integrated assessment system will include a universal screener and diagnostic assessment, kindergarten readiness assessment tool, and a third-grade reading summative […] [...]

State Senate approves school-takeover bill

JACKSON — Requirements for the Mississippi Department of Education to take over dozens of struggling schools would be eased under a proposal moving forward in the Legislature. The state Senate approved an amended version of House Bill 455 today, sending it back to the House for more work. Today, the state would be required to […] [...]

Bryant clears way for conservator of county schools

SCOTT COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a proclamation authorizing the Mississippi Board of Education to appoint a conservator for the Scott County School District. The Scott County School District is rated “B” by the Mississippi Department of Education. Last week, the Mississippi Board of Education amended Mississippi Public School Accountability Standard 2.3, allowing […] [...]

Pickering unable to certify education program calculation

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says is unable to certify the accuracy of the FY 2015 final estimate calculation of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). Members of the Legislature and the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) were notified. “I am unable to certify the MAEP calculation again this year because the data used […] [...]

Lawmakers debate bills to fire state employees, shorten school year

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature is considering two education-related bills — one passed out of committee while the other was set aside. The Mississippi Department of Education would have the power to fire state employees at will for two years under a bill being considered in the House. State officials say they need the power […] [...]

Delta school district wants to revoke teachers’ licenses

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Public School District will ask the Mississippi Department of Education to revoke the licenses of any teacher who fails to serve out his or her one-year contract. The Department of Education requires that school districts submit the names of teachers who breach their contract. The Delta Democrat Times reports the school […] [...]

Officials expected to okay Common Core standards

JACKSON — Despite ongoing opposition, state education officials are expected to approve new Common Core standards that they say will prompt students to think more analytically and learn less by memorization. Following discussions held yesterday, the state Board of Education was likely today to approve new high school course descriptions, and a transition plan for […] [...]

School officials believe they can avoid state takeover

NATCHEZ — A Mississippi Department of Education official told Natchez-Adams School District board members there is no doubt the district can pull itself out of the “F” rating category to avoid a state takeover in September. The Natchez Democrat reports that Morgantown Middle School and Natchez High School have received an “F” rating from the […] [...]

State granted delay in implementing teacher evaluations

JACKSON — The federal government has granted Mississippi permission for a one-year delay in the use of evaluations to hire and fire teachers. The decision was announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education. Mississippi and Nevada became the first two states to win approval for a delay. When Mississippi won a waiver from federal […] [...]

Schools appealing audit; superintendent calls it ‘witch hunt’

SCOTT COUNTY — The Scott County school district will appeal a state audit claiming it’s violating state standards. Superintendent Bingham Moncrief tells The Clarion-Ledger that the September accreditation audit was a “witch hunt.” The state Department of Education says Scott County violated 20 of 27 standards reviewed. The audit claims, among other things, that the […] [...]

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