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Analysis: Once called soft, some ask if state tests too hard

Beneath the back-and-forth last week over how many Mississippi public schools should get As was the undertow of another question — has the state gone from grading its kids too soft to grading them too hard? In many ways, it’s a deeper issue than assigning A-to-F grades to schools. Reducing the performance of a school or a school district to ...

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State school board approves tweaks to academic standards

CLINTON — Mississippi’s state Board of Education is adopting a series of minor changes to the state’s academic standards, in what could be a quiet end to a controversy over the Common Core-linked guidance over what students should learn. The board voted unanimously Thursday to make the changes, which will take effect this August. Officials say teachers and students should ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Academic standards ‘public’ input a joke

When all is said and done and the board votes in December, we will finally have a set of Mississippi-centric college- and career-ready standards that every person in the state has had an opportunity to comment on,” touted state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright. Not exactly. The input tool provided by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) works for education ...

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DAVID DALLAS: All testy over third-grade reading results

The results are in: 15 percent of Mississippi’s third graders were unable to pass the reading test that allows them to advance to the fourth grade. Given our woeful funding and track record on education, perhaps we should take pride in the fact that eighty-five percent of the children were able to pass what amounts to a very simple reading test. While ...

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Superintendent to launch own review of Common Core standards

JACKSON — Mississippi education officials will launch their own voluntary review of the Common Core academic standards, even after Gov. Phil Bryant vetoed a bill that would have created an outside panel to examine the standards. State Superintendent Carey Wright said Monday at a luncheon sponsored by the Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol press corps that the Mississippi ...

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UPDATED: Bryant vetoes Common Core study panel bill, 3 other measures

Gov. Phil Bryant late Thursday afternoon ended any suspense over whether his signature would go on a Common Core bill supporters said was designed to kill use of the education standards in Mississippi. Bryant disagreed, and Thursday put his veto on Senate Bill 2161, saying the measure did not kill Common Core but merely created a commission to study it. ...

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KILL BILL: Common Core death knell heads to Gov. Bryant's desk

JACKSON — A bill headed to Gov. Phil Bryant would establish a group to study whether Mississippi should modify or walk away from Common Core academic standards. The House and Senate on Tuesday both passed the final version of Senate Bill 2161. If Bryant signs the bill into law, an 11-member commission would make recommendations about academic standards to the ...

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DeSoto Co. school district recommended for reaccreditation

HERNANDO — The DeSoto County school system has been recommended for reaccreditation for five years following a three-day, on-site review process by an international accrediting organization. The Commercial Appeal reports AdvancED gave an exit report to school board members this week following its seven-member team’s review. Lead evaluator Steve Oborn offered a glowing review of the district, Mississippi’s largest. “It’s ...

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Public schools will get another year of relief on grades

JACKSON — State officials say Mississippi’s public schools will get another year where they get to keep high grades even though test scores indicate lower ratings. In a news release Wednesday, the state Department of Education said that federal guidelines include a “pause” in state grading systems for one year because of the switch to new tests in most states. ...

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Miss. Senate rejects effort to dump Common Core standards

JACKSON — Mississippi could create a 27-member commission to recommend new academic standards for its schools, under a bill passed by the state Senate on Wednesday. But after more than an hour of debate, senators rejected an effort to change the bill to make the state unequivocally dump Common Core State Standards. The effort to reject Common Core came from ...

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