State approves ratings for special schools over complaints

Source: MGN

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's state Board of Education is approving A-to-F school ratings for a school district, plus four schools that teach special populations, despite complaints that the rating system treats them unfairly.

Officials told the board that under their interpretation of state and federal laws, the state must rate those schools using the same tests and standards as other schools.

The board delayed action on those schools in October when it approved grades for others.

The state had once agreed to develop an alternative rating system for Corinth, which uses a special curriculum. Corinth got a C overall.

The state is giving failing marks to the Mississippi School for the Blind, Mississippi School for the Deaf and schools in the Harrison County and Pascagoula-Gautier districts that serve only special education students.