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State education officials decide subject area tests won't be tied to student's final grades

The state board of education has been preparing to change the way your child's GPA is calculated, but parents and schools spoke up and the plan is going to be scrapped. Source: WLBT The state board of education has been preparing to change the way your child's GPA is calculated, but parents and schools spoke up and the plan is going to be scrapped. Source: WLBT
Right now, the high school end-of-course exams don't impact your child's report card. Source: WLBT Right now, the high school end-of-course exams don't impact your child's report card. Source: WLBT
The state board planned to make the tests carry more weight beginning next school year, but Thursday, it was recommended that the board repeal that policy. Source: WLBT The state board planned to make the tests carry more weight beginning next school year, but Thursday, it was recommended that the board repeal that policy. Source: WLBT
A quarter of the course grade on the report card tied to one test. Source: WLBT A quarter of the course grade on the report card tied to one test. Source: WLBT
As a reminder, these tests are still tied to graduation. If the student can't pass them, there are alternative paths to graduation. That all stays the same. Source: WLBT As a reminder, these tests are still tied to graduation. If the student can't pass them, there are alternative paths to graduation. That all stays the same. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The state board of education has been preparing to change the way your child's GPA is calculated, but parents and schools spoke up and the plan is going to be scrapped.

Right now, the high school end-of-course exams don't impact your child's report card. The state board planned to make the tests carry more weight beginning next school year, but Thursday, it was recommended that the board repeal that policy.

A quarter of the course grade on the report card tied to one test. That's what the State Board of Education planned to implement and it's something state Rep. Tom Miles says he was getting calls about.

"An honors student couldn't be an honors student because they make bad on this mandated end of course assessment, they don't pass it, they're not an honors student anymore," explained Miles. "It's going to cost them college money."

Here's the thing, this wasn't a completely new proposal.

They've had the timeline set to start counting the Algebra I and English II test scores as 25% of the grade beginning next year. They were adding the timeline for the other two tests and put it all out for public comment.

"After reviewing those comments, leadership made the decision that we needed some additional time to actually address the concerns, to make sure we would have the scores for the assessments returned in the appropriate amount of time for the grades to be calculated," noted Mississippi Department of Education Chief Accountability Officer Dr. Paula Vanderford.

Another concern was that districts across the state don't have a uniformed grading system. So, it would affect each district differently.

"I think they were going to open up a Pandora's box, they couldn't get closed and there were going to be a lot of problems that were going to be there," said Miles. "A lot of people thought it wasn't a good idea to begin with."

The subject area tests in general have been controversial with lawmakers, administrators, and parents. Miles says he'll keep working next session to do away with the exams. He favors the idea of instead using the ACT.

"I think that any extra requirement that we're putting on our students that's not federally mandated, we should look at and it should be done away with immediately," added Miles.

As a reminder, these tests are still tied to graduation. If the student can't pass them, there are alternative paths to graduation. That all stays the same.

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