Posts Tagged ‘public school’

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, […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

New school start-date legislation signed by Bryant

JACKSON — Mississippi schools won’t be forced to start the academic year in late August, as they had been expecting to do. Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday signed Senate Bill 2571. It negates a previous law that would’ve delayed the start of the school year until at least the third Monday in August. Gulf Coast tourism […] [...]

Lawmakers recommend six members for charter school board

JACKSON — A Mississippi Senate panel is endorsing all six members of the state’s first charter school governing board. The Education Committee voted to recommend that the full Senate confirm the six. They have been serving since last summer, since three were nominated by the governor and three by the lieutenant governor. The 52-member Senate […] [...]

Wright confirmed as state superintendent of education

JACKSON — Four months after she started work, Carey Wright’s position as Mississippi’s state superintendent of education is official. State senators voted 46-6 to confirm Wright yesterday after a brief debate that focused on whether her values are right for Mississippi and whether senators should support her advocacy of Common Core state standards and publicly […] [...]

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