Miss. school ratings system to be reworked

Friday, May 16, 2014

After resistance from district superintendents, the Mississippi Board of Education is likely to again rework its rating system for high schools and districts.

Just last month, at the demand of federal officials, the board gave heavier weight to high school graduation rates, making it count for 20 percent of high school and district ratings.

State officials said more weight on graduation rates could shift some schools from failing to a “D’’ grade. Using last year’s test data, D-rated high schools would climb from 29 percent to 35 percent, while F-rated high schools would fall from 18 percent to 12 percent.

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