New Grading System Will Pass More Schools

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — State education officials are approving a grading plan likely to produce more A-rated and fewer F-rated districts. On Thursday the state Board of Education voted to grade schools and districts under the current scoring table as well as one that is “adjusted.” Schools would get the higher of the two grades when results from the 2016-2017 school year are announced in October and all would be scored under the new system for 2017-2018. The move came after the Department of Education identified technical flaws in the system approved last year. Without changes, it would falsely appear that Mississippi had fewer high-performing districts than last year, but resetting the scoring table would push up the number of F-rated districts this year that could be subject to state takeover.

 

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