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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 […] [...]

Board accepts first charter school application; negotiations beginning

JACKSON — Mississippi’s first charter school is closer to opening. The Charter School Authorizer Board voted today to accept the application of RePublic Charter Schools, which wants to open Reimagine Prep in Jackson, serving fifth grade through eighth grade. The board denied applications for charter schools in Columbus and Natchez. The board will now seek […] [...]

Ex-superintendent, conservator to oversee troubled school district

FOREST — Mark Boyles, a retired superintendent from Smith County and who has served in conservatorship roles for the state when needed, will assume oversight of Scott County schools on July 1. Boyles will replace Michael Vinson, who was appointed by the State Board of Education to oversee the district on Feb. 26. Vinson has […] [...]

Supporters turn out strongly for charter school hearings

JACKSON — So far, hearings on applications for Mississippi’s first charter schools are being dominated by supporters. Speakers in Jackson said yesterday that they support RePublic Charter Schools’ plan to open Reimagine Prep, serving grades 5-8. That followed a Tuesday hearing in Columbus where speakers backed the Inspire Charter School STEM and Arts Scholars Academy, […] [...]

Board votes to fund Common Core-aligned standardized tests

JACKSON — The Board of Education has approved spending about $8.4 million on standardized tests aligned with the new Common Core state standards. The board voted May 16 for the first year of what could be a four-year contract with a division of the British firm Pearson, PLC. The money is Mississippi’s share of the […] [...]

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, […] [...]

Board to retool school rating system again after superintendents balk?

JACKSON — After resistance from district superintendents, the Mississippi Board of Education is likely to again rework its rating system for high schools and districts. Just last month, at the demand of federal officials, the board gave heavier weight to high school graduation rates, making it count for 20 percent of high school and district […] [...]

Education officials changing school rating system

JACKSON — Mississippi is reworking its rating system for school districts and high schools after federal officials demanded the ratings put more weight on high school graduation. The state Board of Education voted to seek public comment on the revised rules, which would apply beginning with this year’s ratings. Those ratings will be released this […] [...]

Board cuts charter school applications to three

JACKSON — The number of applicants to open Mississippi’s first charter school has been narrowed to three. The state’s Charter School Authorizer Board voted today to declare three applications eligible and complete to move forward. They are Reimagine Prep, which would operate grades 5-8 in Jackson; Phoenix Early College Charter School, which would operate grades […] [...]

Court has questions about school desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — A federal appeals court has asked a Mississippi judge to explain how a freedom of choice plan will desegregate the Cleveland school system. The government had argued last month before a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans that U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson in Oxford erred in ordering the […] [...]

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