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Mississippi Board of Education Approves Alternative Assessment
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Mississippi Board of Education Approves Alternative Assessment

Some Mississippi students with severe cognitive disabilities will take a new alternative assessment this school year. The state Department of Education has contracted with Questar Assessment Incorporated to administer the test.

Exterior of Mississippi Department of Education headquarters. File photo.
Mississippi

Mississippi Ed Officials: Common Core Viewed Positively

Mississippians are using a 90-day public comment period to give feedback on the state’s Common Core Education Standards. Education officials say a majority of the comments are positive.

Mississippi Set To Take Over Tunica Schools
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Mississippi Set To Take Over Tunica Schools

The Mississippi Board of Education is asking Governor Phil Bryant to approve a takeover of the Tunica County School District. Education officials say the district is in violation of 22 state and federal accreditation standards.

Common Core in Louisiana and across the South
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Common Core in Louisiana and across the South

Major strides have been made with Common Core standards in Louisiana, but it is still a very controversial issues throughout the South. Shauna Sanford of Louisiana Public Broadcasting has the latest on the Common Core battles across Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Anna Davis of Picayune and her daughter Isabel doing everyday school work. Credit: Paul Boger/MPB
Alabama / Common Core Series / Mississippi / Tennessee

Common Core: Re-branding Common Core – Does the Name Make a Difference?

Common Core education standards have been controversial since their adoption nearly half-a-decade ago. Some states have tried re-branding Common Core by changing the name. Others have dropped the standards all together. In the South, states are taking a different approach by asking residents themselves to reevaluate the standards.

State Actions on Common Core - 2015. Credit: National Conference of State Legislatures (www.ncsl.org)
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Common Core: Challenges and Opposition

As part of a week-long series examining why the public school standards known as Common Core are still so controversial in the South, Sherrel Wheeler Stewart from WBHM in Birmingham explains the roots of the opposition and the challenges the standards face.

Will Common Core Teach Mississippi To Write?
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Will Common Core Teach Mississippi To Write?

Students across the country can expect to be writing a lot more under Common Core State Standards, which may turn out to be a formidable challenge here in the South. In part three of the Southern Education Desk series on Common Core, reporter Annie Gilbertson reports new writing standards are an especially tall order for Mississippi.

Mapping Pre-K Funding Cuts
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Mapping Pre-K Funding Cuts

When it comes to making cuts to pre-K – where is the nation making the deepest cuts? This interactive map shows what pre-K funding looks like across the nation and recaps recent developments in the South.