ERIC Number: ED467659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Mississippi's Plan for Student Achievement: Assessment, Accreditation, Accountability.
Mississippi State Dept. of Education, Jackson.
This booklet outlines Mississippi's plan for raising student achievement. It discusses how Mississippi tried to avoid the problems that other states encountered when they tried to raise standards without strengthening core educational components, such as curriculum and teacher support. Mississippi called on hundreds of teachers to rewrite the curriculum for math and language arts, and then provided support and training to all teachers. The main portion of this new system was the emphasis on criterion-referenced tests designed to measure what is being taught. The individual elements of the new assessment system fit together to provide a comprehensive picture of students' strengths and weaknesses. Students in grades 3 and 7 will be expected to meet benchmarks for those grades based on the Mississippi Curriculum Test given each May. Student achievement will be reported as proficiency levels, such as advanced and proficient, and schools as a whole will have a chance to demonstrate success based on student performance. Furthermore, graduation requirements will include mastery of subject-area testing. The accountability time line that was imposed began with the setting of standards in Mississippi Subject Area assessments and will conclude with the formulation of a growth model. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Descriptions, State Standards
Mississippi Department of Education, Central High School, P.O. Box 771, 359 North West Street, Jackson, MS 39205. Tel: 601-359-3513; Web site: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/. For full text: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/extrel/pub/saread.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Dept. of Education, Jackson.
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi