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Mississippi Ranks Last in School Performance Evaluation

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According Education Week's Quality Counts report, Mississippi ranks 51st among all the states, and the District of Columbia, in student achievement from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Both Mississippi and Washington D.C. received F's. Four other states earned a D minus. The Magnolia State has strong state standards, but those don't seem to be enough to improve performance consistently across socioeconomic lines. The evaluation was released Thursday (1-9-14). To make matters more concerning, Mississippi actually fell one spot in the rankings this year. It also scored in the bottom ten when it came to giving children a chance for success in life, improving teaching and financing schools. State officials are understandably concerned and education will once again be the focus of several bills presented during the current legislative session. There is hope that the laws passed last year will help Mississippi improve its ranking. Mississippi scored higher with regard to how its preschool connects with K-12. Education week has been publishing Quality Counts reports since 1997. This year the United States, as a whole, earned a score of 70.2 on the K-12 achievement index. That works out to a grade of C minus. The index factors in 18 different indicators, including high school graduation rates and scores on advanced placement exams.
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