The State Board of Education held its monthly meeting earlier today. Among other agenda items, the Board:
Selected Humphreys County School District and Yazoo City School District to comprise the Mississippi Achievement School District (ASD). The ASD will be a statewide school district, separate and distinct from all other school districts but not confined to any specified geographic boundaries. Board members Charles McClelland and Johnny Franklin shared their concerns and uncertainly as to how the ASD will have results different from those districts that have been under state conservatorship.
Approved a temporary rule and began the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to establish State Board Policy Part 3, Chapter 36, Rule 36.6 to provide optional graduation requirements for students displaced by a federally or nationally declared natural disaster. Click here for the temporary rule.
Renewed eight contracts including contracts with the following:
Data Recognition Corporation for Fiscal Year 2020 to administer the LAS Links, English Language Proficiency Test - $291,000 (Year 5 of a five-year contract)
Data Recognition Corporation for Fiscal Year 2020 to administer the 5th and 8th Grade Science Assessment, and end-of-course assessments in Biology and U.S. History - $2,818,840 (Year 2 of a five-year contract)
Questar Assessment for Fiscal Year 2020 to administer alternate assessments for the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program – Alternate (MAAP-A) for English Language Arts and Mathematics in Grades 3-8; Science Grades 5 and 8; and, High School Algebra I, English II, and Biology I alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities - $2,201,424 (Year 5 of a ten-year contract)
Questar Assessment for Fiscal Year 2020 to administer alternate assessments for the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) for English Language Arts and Mathematics in Grades 3-8, end-of-course Algebra I, English II, and options for Geometry and Algebra II - $8,697,203 (Year 5 of a ten-year contract)
ACT, Inc., for Fiscal Year 2020 to administer the ACT to all 11th grade students in Mississippi - $1,440,000 (Year 2 of a five-year contract)