Students in Mississippi Offered Last-Chance Testing

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Jackson, Miss. For the second year in a row, Mississippi high school seniors will get a last chance to pass state graduation exams.

The state Board of Education approved a contract Friday worth up to $96,000 with a division of Mississippi State University to offer the exams beginning the week of April 28 in Starkville and Hattiesburg.

In addition to other requirements, high school students can't graduate before passing four tests in algebra I, biology I, U.S. history and English II.

Seniors typically have had at least six chances to pass the subject-area tests. Students usually first take the U.S. history exam as a junior, and first take the others as freshmen or sophomores.

Last year, 959 students took 1,209 last-chance tests, passing 27 percent of them.