Tough Test for Schools

Later this month, schools will receive their test scores that will be used in accountability evaluations.

As part of the federal initiative "no child left behind," some schools could face some stiff consequences.

"If they don't make adequate progress during the year in any of nine subgroups, If any of those subgroups for two years do not make adequate progress, the parent has a choice," said Dr. George Thomas of Mississippi State University-Meridian campus.

"They can request tutorial services. They can request the transfer to another school that does meet the accountability. They can request extra services," Thomas said. "If it goes four years like that, they can close the school, fire the principal, fire the teachers. There are a variety of things they can do."

This year's scores should be available by mid-July.