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State gets federal funding for test costs of low-income students

JACKSON — The U.S. Department of Education will give Mississippi nearly $55,000 to help pay the costs of low-income high school students taking Advanced Placement and other exams that could help them earn college credit after accelerated high school classes. The money comes at a time when the number of Mississippi students taking advanced placement tests has fallen for two ...

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Eighth-graders score poorly compared to those in other countries

WASHINGTON — So how do U.S. eighth-graders do in math and science when compared to their peers around the globe? Turns out it matters which state they live in, according to a study released Thursday. Massachusetts was the top performing state, but it still lagged behind some Asian countries in terms of its students’ overall score on exams and the ...

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Senators have concerns about Common Core education standards

JACKSON — A group of state senators is questioning Mississippi’s implementation of the Common Core education standards even as the state’s schools move to put those standards into place this fall. Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, said Mississippi’s decision to set different testing goals for different racial subgroups undermines the state’s adoption of the standards, along with 44 other states. Hill ...

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