Mississippi school districts and high schools will not face graduation requirements to win high ratings when results are released this fall.
The state Board of Education voted 6-1 Friday to drop the requirement that schools have to have a graduation rate of 80 percent or greater to earn the top "star" rating or have a graduation rate of 75 percent or more to earn the second-highest "high performing" rating.
Under the state's new A-to-F grading system, star schools will get A ratings and high performing schools will get B ratings. The old system bumped high schools and districts down a ratings tier if they didn't meet graduation standards. State officials said 12 districts and 47 high schools were bumped down a tier last year for failing to meet graduation standards.