Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
At least 51 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:22 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:22:22 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
Among the dogs, many are dead, and skeletal remains are mixed with living animals in small, dark, filthy enclosures.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:42 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:42:47 GMT
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday. The HSSM assisted the Humane SocietyMore >>
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:35:23 GMT
COLUMBUS, MS (AP) - Authorities have resumed the search for two young brothers who were passengers in an all-terrain vehicle that overturned in a Mississippi creek. Columbus Fire Chief Kenneth MooreMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek, while the search for his brother continued.
College graduates typically have better jobs and earn more money compared to those who only make it through high school. So, getting Mississippi's students better prepared for higher education brought out educators from across the region to discuss how to get more students in and through college.
We spend twelve years in school to prepare for college and get a good job. But in Mississippi, the majority of students aren't meeting academic benchmark requirements to successfully get ready for higher education.
"Of all of our high school seniors, 100% roughly take the ACT, only 10% are exceeding all four college readiness standards or benchmarks," said Dr. Jay Allen, the ACT State Representative.
In addition to most students not being adequately prepared for college, it's also taking longer for those who do enter college to complete their undergraduate degree in four years. Currently, 55% of students who graduate high school and go straight to college complete their degree within 6 years.
"What we really want to see happening is students come in ready for college level work and finish their degree in four years," said Dr. Al Rankins, the Associate Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.
Helping students better prepare for college and graduate in a timely fashion is the focus of the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Summit. The goal is to equip educators with tools that are working in various schools to get students prepped for college. For example, in Florida, some districts focus on student's weaknesses their senior year, in an effort to eliminate the achievement gap.
While the focus of the summit is to help better prepare high school students for college, educators say getting students ready for higher education really needs to begin in elementary school.
"We need to do a better job as educators linking and aligning what students are doing early in their career to what they're going to do later in their career," said Paul Weeks, the Vice President of Educational Services for ACT.
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