State denies claims it's dropping history course

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi education officials say it’s not true they’re considering dropping American history high school requirements.

A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution sent an email recently warning history courses might be in jeopardy, prompting a Monday letter from interim state Superintendent Lynn House.

A task force designing a new rating system for schools has talked about omitting the standardized history test from a proposed new system for rating high schools and districts. Students would still have to take the course and pass the test to graduate from high school even if the test wasn’t used to rate schools.

House says concerns may have sprung from that discussion.

Any task force recommendations would be submitted to public comment before being voted on by the state Board of Education.