MDE: Accountability report unfounded

The Mississippi Department of Education is calling a report questioning the way the department grades its districts and schools misleading.

The state watchdog agency the Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) released a report on Thursday saying flaws in MDE’s accountability system are leading to inaccurate or unrepresentative scores.

The Mississippi Department of Education’s accountability system assigns letter grades A-F to school districts and schools based on student assessment scores and growth along with graduation rates. The standards are designed to show how well schools and districts are doing and identify those that need help.

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright said the report produced by the PEER committee, a group of 14 state legislators, was not scientifically based.