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Students to begin taking more rigorous [sic] state tests

Ohanian Comment: This article is so goofy I'd hardly know where to start--or end. Of course rigor rears its ugly head. All you Mississippi parents and teachers, look it up in the dictionary before burdening your children with it.

Those wondering how changes in test questions will ensure adequate yearly progress should address questions to Superintendent Johnson. You might also caution him about putting too much faith in NAEP, a test with lots of problems.

The Mississippi Department of Education will begin implementing this fall a plan for more rigorous state curriculum and assessment tests for students.

State Superintendent Henry Johnson said today the new tests are designed to ensure students meet adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Johnson also said the change in test questions would help improve the scores Mississippi students make on the National Assessment of Educational Progress standards, which he called the "gold standard" of testing.

"We're not trying to make life more difficult for students and school personnel. ... The question ultimately gets down to how do you compare to other states? How do you compare nationally?" Johnson said during a news conference.

Johnson announced the changes just as students prepare to take the Mississippi Curriculum Test this week. About 272,000 students in grades two through eight are taking the tests Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

— Associated Press
Clarion Ledger


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