Mississippi could drop high school history exam

Source: MGN

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - One of the four tests that Mississippi public school students must pass to graduate high school may be going away.

A testing task force is recommending the state Board of Education scrap a now-required U.S. history test.

Students formerly had to pass that test, plus exams in English, algebra and biology to graduate.

Now, there are alternate routes to graduate, but some Mississippi students still don't earn a diploma.

Teacher groups and others who say Mississippi students take too many tests are pushing for change.

The history test also counts in the grading system under which high schools and districts are assigned A to F grades

The recommendation will be considered next week by the state's accreditation commission. If that group agrees, the state Board of Education would likely seek public comment before voting.