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Feds OK 1-Year Grace Period on Mississippi School Rating System

Associated Press (06/04/14)

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) granted a one-year waiver on Mississippi's school and district rating system for the 2013-14 school year as the state moves to Common Core State Standards. Under the waiver, schools or districts can retain the letter grade they received after the 2012-13 school year if it is higher than their grade for the 2013-14 school year. However, the state's schools and districts are not likely to receive waivers for the 2014-15 school year. State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright is confident that the DOE will approve the state's new rating system. She adds that schools will be rated using the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests following the 2014-15 school year. According to Wright, "Everybody's going to be in pretty much the same boat in terms of having implemented the Common Core State Standards and being assessed on it."
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