Slight dip on state high school tests

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal The percentage of students who passed state tests given to Mississippi high-schoolers fell slightly this...

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – A $2 million school bond election appears to have passed 812-414, but there are approximately 500 absentee and affidavit ballots to be counted this morning. Voters in Okolona went to the polls Tuesday to vote on a bond issue aimed at repairing roofs, fixing heating and air-conditioning systems […]

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Fourth-grade science teacher Alicia Monts instructs students Lulu Franks, 9, standing from left, Caden Carroll, 9, and Tull Cannon, 9, to act out how the moon revolves around the Earth and how the Earth revolves around the sun during a lesson last week at Mooreville Elementary School. Fourth-grade test scores improved at the school last year, according to data released today. Scores declined statewide, but the drop was anticipated as the state switches to using the new Common Core State Standards.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Test scores fell across Mississippi this year, but the decline was expected. That is because those tests did not match the material being taught in many classrooms. Schools across the state used last year to begin teaching the Common Core State Standards, new guidelines for math and language arts instruction […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Test scores for the Tupelo and Lee County School Districts remained mostly flat this year. Roughly the same percentage of students scored in the top two categories – proficient and advanced – this year as did last year when comparing the same test, such as seventh-grade language, for […]

Daily Journal OKOLONA – Voters in the Okolona school district will decide today whether to approve a $2 million bond issue. The bulk of the money will be spent on building repairs at Old Okolona High School, which houses administrative offices, and on heating and air conditioning repairs at Okolona Elementary School. Superintendent Dexter Green […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Mississippi Department of Education will release this week the results from last school year’s state tests. Those scores currently are scheduled to be published on Tuesday. They will show what percentage of students scored in each of the four categories – minimal, basic, proficient and advanced, from […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves have expressed concerns with the effort of a newly formed grassroots organization to garner enough signatures to place on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment to fully fund public education. Other Republican state officeholders were cautiously non-committal […]

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – The Okolona School District saw students in cold classrooms last winter and is looking to improve buildings and athletic facilities in a $2 million bond issue to be decided by voters on Tuesday. The Okolona Board of Trustees voted 3-2 recently to seek revenue bonds that will make […]


By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Mississippi students now have an opportunity to be much more knowledgeable about money. State Treasurer Lynn Fitch announced on Thursday a new initiative from her office that will provide online resources for the state’s schools to teach more about financial literacy. The Treasurer’s Education About Money, or TEAM, […]

By Chaning Green University of Mississippi OXFORD – Veteran educator Tammy Kirkland has joined the University of Mississippi School of Education as director of the UM World Class Teaching Program. The Pine Grove native takes the helm from the program’s previous leader, Jackie Parker, who retired in May. Designed for working teachers, the WCTP helps […]