Education Report Favorable to MS

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The Princeton Review has found that Mississippi's student testing is among the most accountable in the nation. Mississippi is moving in the right direction, according to a report just out by the Princeton Review.

The test preparation firm says the state has the sixth best testing program in the country for elementary and secondary schools. North Carolina was ranked number one. The rankings are based on data in four key areas:

1) How well tests reflect what's taught in schools,

2) Test quality

3) Openness of testing program to public scrutiny

4) Whether the program spurs changes that lead to improved learning.

State Board of Education Chairman Kenny Bush says the report reflects the positive changes the state is working to make in its education system. Bush also says the loss of former State Superintendent Dr. Richard Thompson, shouldn't hurt a lot. Thompson recently left after four years on the job. But Bush says his replacement, Dr. Henry Johnson, of North Carolina, will be able to build on what Thompson has started.

The Princeton Review says the rankings are not a reflection of the schools, but more a reflection of how accountable the schools are. And they say that accountability could be a sign of what the future may hold for Mississippi.