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Board of Education delays school grade release

The release of school and district grades has been pushed back.

While they were set to be released this week, the Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted to delay the release of the schools’ and districts’ A-F accountability grades from 2017-18 until October.

The SBE did not approve the original grades meaning that they are not the official grades of school and district performance.

The SBE voted in August to establish a temporary rule to reset the baseline scores for establishing accountability grades for schools that have a 12th grade. The reset would address the lack of comparability to growth scores in prior years.

The new Mississippi Succeeds Report Card, which was set to launch this week, will not be published until the SBE approves accountability grades.

Accountability grades are based, in part, on how well students perform and progress from year to year on the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) tests for English language arts (ELA) and Mathematics.

These tests are aligned to the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards and are administered annually to students in grades 3-8 and in high school. Overall, students showed statistically significant gains in both ELA and Mathematics from 2016-17 to 2017-18.

The accountability system places an emphasis on the progress students make in ELA and Mathematics from year to year, particularly the lowest performing 25 percent of students, and factors in how well students perform on science tests in grades 5 and 8.

Accountability grades for high schools and districts include the four-year graduation rate, student performance on Biology, U.S. History and ACT tests, and student participation and performance in advanced coursework such as Advanced Placement and dual credit/dual enrollment courses.

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