Gulfport School District on academic probation

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's official. The Gulfport School District is on probation, effective immediately.

Friday morning, the State Board of Education voted to downgrade the district's status from "accredited" to "probation" for not giving students two-state mandated tests last spring.

The board's decision was based on a recommendation by the Commission on School Accreditation. A spokeswoman for the State Department of Education said the probation vote is basically a warning to the district.

Superintendent Glen East told us there were numerous changes made when the school district piloted the state's Excellence for All program three years ago. So instead of giving students the MCT-two and a state Science Test, the district substituted them with the ACT Aspire test.

East called it a "misunderstanding" and said his district will comply with the test requirements this year.

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