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Mississippi academic assessment scores return to pre-pandemic levels

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Academic scores for students across the Magnolia State are on the rise according to results from the Mississippi Department of Education’s 2021-22 Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP).

MAAP is used across the state to show student achievement in subjects including English Language Arts, science, and mathematics.

According to the test results, the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced reached an all-time high of 42.2% in ELA and 55.9% in science, and reached 47.3% in mathematics, just one-tenth of a percent shy of the pre-pandemic rate.

“There have been incredible efforts in districts and at the state level to remove barriers for students,” said Dr. Kim Benton, state superintendent of education, interim. “We still have students in areas of the state who have not completely rebounded. Support will continue to be available in the upcoming school year and next summer to make sure every student is able to recover from the disruptions to their learning and narrow achievement gaps.”

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Governor Tate Reeves commented on the rise in test scores for students across the state, issuing a statement saying the following:

“Mississippi education performance has once again reached new record highs. While states in other parts of the country kept their students out of the classroom, Mississippi committed to in-person instruction. These results speak loud and clear as to which approach was best for kids.

“And, in Mississippi, we still believe in rewarding success – today’s results are yet more proof of how well deserved the historic teacher pay raise was that went into effect last month.”

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