Board of Education delays grade ratings until October


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi’s state Board of Education has delayed A to F ratings for schools and districts until October, citing discontent with the proposed ratings.
The unapproved numbers show more school districts would fall than would improve, even though test scores and high school graduation rates improved statewide.
Board member Johnny Franklin of Bolton spearheaded the delay Thursday, saying he hadn’t had enough time to study information and had heard too many concerns.
The board is approving a move to reset the high school grading scale. Officials say that’s necessary because grades last year were inflated by problems relating to the state’s transition between standardized tests.
Although the number of A-rated districts would increase and B-rated would fall by only one, the number of F-rated districts would increase from nine to 23.

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