The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) has voted unanimously to keep the U.S. History end-of-course assessment.
The SBE’s decision follows the public comment portion of the process after the Mississippi Student Testing Task Force and the Commission on School Accreditation recommended the elimination of the exam.
The recommendation was made by the task force after results of a poll showed that a majority of Mississippi teachers would choose to eliminate the exam, which is not required by state or federal law. The other tests, in Biology, Algebra I and English II, are required by federal law.
Announcing the decision, members of the SBE expressed concern that the removal of the assessment could lessen the importance of U.S. History in schools. The U.S. History assessment is the only statewide accountability measure of the academic standards for social studies. The other required assessments, MAAP and the ACT, measure student learning in English Language Arts, mathematics, and science only.