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New A-F school grading system in Mississippi sheds light on real status of public education

By: Magnolia Tribune - September 14, 2012

Region’s schools make gains

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves issued a statement that although some schools and districts made progress, he believes there is much more work to be done.

“I am proud of the improvements made in many of our school districts, but with 66 percent graded at ‘C’ or worse, clearly the Legislature’s work to reform our educational system is only beginning,” Reeves said. “More rigorous accountability standards will better prepare Mississippi students for college or career, and public charter schools will give Mississippi parents a choice in their children’s education. The new transparent grading system gives parents and communities an honest picture of where their district stands. Now, we must continue our efforts to give students and parents the public education system they deserve.”

Two Northeast Mississippi districts – Prentiss County and Tupelo – each improved their rating by two levels, from Academic Watch to High Performing, or “B.”

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