Understanding the Re-Setting of Cut Scores in Mississippi’s Accountability System, PART 2

This blog post is Part 2. Read Part 1 here: https://www.mississippifirst.org/blog/understanding-re-setting-cut-scores-mississippis-accountability-system-part-1/. Setting Cut Scores The process of setting cut scores is in part technical and in part political. First, staff at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) compile all the scores from schools and districts and rank each from highest to lowest. (Schools must be grouped…

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MSF Releases Mississippi Voices: Public Perception of Pre-K-12 Education in Mississippi

Today, Mississippi First released Mississippi Voices: Public Perception of Pre-K-12 Education in Mississippi, a report revealing public perceptions of the issues that Mississippi First supports as well as perceptions of the broader public education context in Mississippi. The report is based on the responses of 504 adults in Mississippi. The 27-item scientific survey covered public…

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MSF Releases Mississippi Voices: Public Perception of Pre-K-12 Education in Mississippi

MDE: Donors Contributed Nearly $1.6 million to Early Learning Collaboratives in 2016

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: February 7, 2017 Donors Contributed Nearly $1.6 million to Early Learning Collaboratives in 2016 JACKSON, Miss. – Individuals or corporations donated about $1.6 million to early learning collaboratives (ELCs) in 2016, providing state-funded early childhood education programs with additional support for student learning. Last year’s donations exceeded donations of $276,850…

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Mississippi First Releases Video to Explain the 27% Rule

EdBuild recommended eliminating the 27% rule as part of the funding re-write. Do you know what the 27% rule is, and who it benefits? You may be surprised. Watch the video below to learn about the 27% rule. [Editor’s note: This video looks at how the 27% rule affects school funding using EdBuild’s calculated totals…

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Mississippi First Releases Second State of Pre-K Report

Today, Mississippi First released the second report in its ground-breaking series, The State of Pre-K in Mississippi, which focuses on pre-K access and quality in Mississippi. The report released today—The State of Pre-K in Mississippi (2014-2015)—updates our 2011-2012 report on public pre-K and expands it to include information about licensed childcare centers serving four-year-old children….

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Mississippi First Releases Second State of Pre-K Report