In Leaders & Laggards, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce examination of public schools, Mississippi earned the kind of report card that kids would be hesitant to show their parents.

The state received F’s in academic achievement, academic achievement for low-income and minority students, postsecondary and workforce readiness, return on investment, technology and international competitiveness. It’s best grade, a B, was in data quality.

“Mississippi earns a good grade collecting and reporting high-quality education data,” the chamber wrote in its report.

The state received C’s in truth in advertising: student proficiency; 21st century teaching force; parental options; and fiscal responsibility.

On truth in advertising, the chamber wrote, “Mississippi posts mediocre marks on the credibility of its student proficiency scores.”

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