Many of Mississippi’s public schools will be able to boast of high marks for one more year under Mississippi’s A-to-F school rating system, but state officials continue to warn that grades could fall sharply next year.
Under grades announced Friday by the Mississippi Department of Education, no district currently operating received an F. Fourteen with an F in 2013 raised their grades. At the other end of the scale, 19 districts retained A ratings — but 16 would have lost them without a waiver allowing districts to keep last year’s grade if this year’s results would have knocked it down.
State and federal authorities granted the waiver to encourage districts to change their curriculum to line up with the Common Core State Standards.
Mississippi administered tests in spring 2014 that were designed to measure learning under a previous set of standards. Without the waiver, districts might have delayed changing to Common Core.