Mississippi Superintendent of Education, Dr. Henry Johnson, said it's going to be tough to bring schools and districts into compliance with new federal and state accountability standards. But he said the state's teachers and school administrators are up to the challenge.
Education officials say hundreds of Mississippi schools could fail to make adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
That's because it only takes one group of students to perform poorly to cost an otherwise high-performing school to fall short.
Johnson said the change is needed because schools will no longer be able to hide failing groups. He says the tests will show educators where students need help to improve.