School rankings to be released in October

news_education_greenBy Chris Kieffer

Daily Journal

JACKSON – Letter-grade rankings for Mississippi schools and districts will be released in October.

The Mississippi Department of Education announced Thursday the labels will be made public following the Oct. 17 Board of Education meeting. They had originally been scheduled to be published later this month.

The timeline was extended to give districts more time to evaluate their data and make an appeal, the MDE said.

“We expect this extension will provide a more accurate and transparent process by which grades are assigned to schools and districts,” State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright said in the news release. “As we’ve raised the bar for academic performance, schools have provided significant professional development to teachers since 2010 to help prepare students for higher standards.”

This year’s “A to F’ letter grades will be based on the state’s new accountability model, which was approved during the spring.

They are calculated based on state test scores and graduation rates.

Because of the transition to the Common Core State Standards, districts and schools were given the option of keeping their letter grade from the 2012-13 school year, if it is higher.

chris.kieffer@journalinc.com