Mississippi eases graduation and third-grade rules in wake of COVID-19

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By JEFF AMY

Associated Press

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Mississippi’s education leaders moved to ease the way for seniors to graduate and third graders to move on to fourth grade in the face of closed schools.

The state Board of Education voted last week to halt all state standardized tests and make schools keep their same A-to-F ratings as last year.

High school students will earn graduation credits for incomplete courses, and seniors will be allowed to graduate if they meet other typical requirements.

The board also agreed Thursday that third graders won’t have to pass a standardized test of reading skills and can advance to fourth grade if they meet other requirements.