Most Mississippi students score below grade level on tests

Mississippi students in elementary and middle school grades lagged behind counterparts in 10 other states in 2014-2015 on tests in math and language arts.

It’s the second batch of findings from Mississippi’s only administration of a multi-state test meant to measure achievement under new academic standards.

The big decrease from 2014 state tests was expected in results released Thursday. State Superintendent Carey Wright said the new tests were written to be much harder.