MS State Board of Education suspends grading and assessment policies

The Mississippi State Board of Education voted today to suspend three policies in regards to grading and assessments due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the 2020-2021 school year.

All required state and federal assessments will be administered as usual. However, schools and districts will not receive an ‘A’ through ‘F’ grading for testing performances. Schools will retain their most recent letter grades earned in the 2018-2019 school year.

The other policy changes include allowing third graders to be promoted to the fourth grade without a passing score on their reading and language arts assessment and high schoolers not having to meet a passing score in their end-of-course tests to met state high school graduation requirements.

Pass Christian Schools Superintendent Dr. Carla Evers says with all the disruptions the past year has brought to schools, she appreciates the grace the board has granted to the Mississippi Education System. “I feel like this is going to help relieve a little bit of pressure that’s been placed on teachers and students so that we can really focus on the most important things, making sure that we continue to mitigate learning loss, accelerate learning and then address any social-emotional learning needs that our children have. I just think it’s a weight that has been lifted off of all of us this year.”

Dr. Evers says they have been seeing some learning loss in their district diagnostic tests compared to last year this time, however it’s not such a big difference that the school district feels it can’t continue to do the things that work to mitigate the learning loss.

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