MDE adds opportunity for seniors who need to pass state test

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Interim State Superintendent Lynn House announced on Wednesday that seniors who have completed all graduation requirements with the exception of passing only one state test are now eligible for emergency testing.
Seniors must pass four state tests – algebra, U.S. history, English II and biology – in order to graduate. The U.S. history test was changed last year to become much more analytical and a large number of seniors have yet to pass it.
The state currently has about 1,600 seniors who lack passing one of those tests in order to graduate, although that number will be reduced when the results of an emergency U.S. history test given earlier this month are processed.
School district test coordinators can make testing arrangements with the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University. Due to time constraints, requests will be considered in the order they are received, as long as space is available.
Students are expected to receive their scores within 48 hours of taking the test.
House made the decision in consultation with Wayne Gann, chairman of the Mississippi Board of Education.
“In an ongoing effort to provide our seniors with every opportunity to pass all required subject area tests before graduation, this new condition of eligibility has been added for the emergency testing of seniors,” House said.
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com