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State Board of Education Suspends Testing and 180-Day SY Requirement

Thursday, March 19, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Riley
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Following the governor’s announcement this morning of his executive order closing all public schools until April 17, the State Board of Education met today and voted to suspend all federal and state assessments for the 2019-20 school year and to submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education for exemption of those federal requirements.  As a result of the suspension of federal and state assessments, districts will retain the accountability grade for the 2020-21 school year that they received in the 2019-20 school year.  The State Board also affirmed the governor’s executive order closing schools statewide through April 17 and voted to allow school districts to forego the requirement of a 180-day school year per state law for school closure due to COVID-19.


The board also:


  • Approved the Carl D. Perkins V State Plan.
  • Began the APA process on: 1) establishing board policy on the educational stability of students in foster care; 2) establishing the curriculum framework for a CTE foundational computer science course; 3) establishing the curriculum frameworks for freshman, sophomore, junior and senior Early College High Schools (ECHS); and, 4) revising the Career Pathway Experience course in Work-Based Learning (WBL).
  • Approved the Tupelo Public School District and the Rankin County School District as Districts of Innovation for the 2020-2021 SY.
  • Revised licensure guidelines to establish a passing score of 148 for the Praxis Subject Assessment Algebra I (test code 5162) and a passing score of 139 for Geometry (test code 5163).  A qualifying passing score from these assessments will be an option for adding a supplemental endorsement to a standard five-year license or provisional alternate route three-year license.


The State Board will meet again next Thursday, March 26, at 10:00 a.m. via a virtual meeting to address any issues raised by today’s actions related to other MDE policies.