Mississippi schools ranked second-to-last in national rating

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – An evaluation of school performance finds that Mississippi’s academic achievement gains have outstripped gains nationwide from 2003 to 2015, but gives the state’s public schools a “D” overall, ranking it second-to-last.

The evaluation by Education Week’s Quality Counts report moved Mississippi up a notch from last year, when it ranked 51st among the states and Washington, D.C. The state’s overall grade remained the same, below the national average of a “C.”

Despite gains on the most recent version of a nationwide test, Mississippi still ranks last for academic achievement.

The state ranks third-to-last in a measure of the life chances of a typical child, and 40th in measures of how much it’s spending and how evenly spending is spread among rich and poor districts.

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