Test Scores Dip in Transition to Common Core

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Jackson, Miss. Mississippi education officials say student scores on a state test fell in 2013-2014, and they think they know why.

They say school districts adjusted instruction to the new Common Core State Standards but students were still tested under the old standards.

The Mississippi Department of Education reports that scores on the Mississippi Curriculum Tests fell in most grades and subjects.

However, those outcomes could be misleading, because most districts stopped teaching to the old test.

Students will take new standardized tests this spring covering Common Core. Authorities didn't penalize districts for falling test scores in 2013-2014 to encourage the changeover.

Thirteen percent of third-graders scored minimal on the state reading test. That's the lowest of four levels. This year's third-graders must pass a new reading test to be promoted.

Click the links to visit the Mississippi Department of Education website and access student assessment information by district.