Mississippi Alters Education Rating System

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Jackson, Miss. Mississippi is reworking its rating system for school districts and high schools after federal officials demanded the ratings put more weight on high school graduation.

The state Board of Education voted Friday to seek public comment on the revised rules, which would apply beginning with this year's ratings. Those ratings will be released this fall using testing and graduation results from the current school year.

State Superintendent Carey Wright says that when officials prepared to submit the new rating system for federal approval, U.S. Department of Education officials warned Mississippi that they would reject any system where high school graduation rates didn't account for at least 20 percent of all points. Mississippi's original plan called for graduation to count for 10 percent of the points used to calculate A-to-F grades.