Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Department of Education’

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, […] [...]

Council seeking public comment on farm-to-school programs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm to School Interagency Council is inviting public comment on proposed objectives of the Council and the promotion of farm to school programs in Mississippi in general. The public comment period will end on June 16 at 11:59 p.m. The Interagency Farm to School Council was created by the Mississippi Legislature […] [...]

Wright begins retooling Education Department

JACKSON — State Superintendent Carey Wright is taking the first steps in an effort to reorganize the Mississippi Department of Education, appointing three top-level executives to report to her. Kim Benton has been named chief academic officer; Todd Ivey has been named chief operations officer; and Pat Ross has been named chief school improvement officer. […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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