The state watchdog agency released a report (Thursday) calling into question the accuracy of the accountability standards used to grade schools and school districts in the state.

The Mississippi Department of Education’s accountability system assigns letter grades A-F to school districts and schools based on student assessment scores and growth along with graduation rates. The standards are designed to show how well schools and districts are doing and identify those that need help.

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However, according to the fourteen legislators on the Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, flaws in the rating system are leading to inaccurate or unrepresentative scores.

Legislative leaders have for years questioned the way the department grades itself and the way it reports that information to the public.

First, the categories students are assigned based on their performance on assessments are too broad, the committee says.

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