State of Our Schools: GELI data

This chart ran with today’s “State of Our Schools” story about the Gilmore Early Learning Initiative: Below are the scores of students who had attended Gilmore Early Learning Initiative Promise Schools last year when they took Mississippi’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment as kindergartners this fall: Smithville: 573 Hamilton: 554 Amory: 546 Hatley: 535 -A score of […]

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State of Our Schools: What does ‘prepared’ mean?

As part of the Daily Journal’s “State of Our Schools” series on pre-K, kindergarten teachers provided several recommendations for what students should be able to do when they start kindergarten. That includes being able to: • Identify most letters of the alphabet, especially the letters in the child’s name • Count to 10 and recognize […]

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Tupelo School Board 11.18.14

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting is about to begin at the Hancock Learning Center. All five board members are present. The board will meet again at 5 p.m. at Parkway Elementary. It will hold several public recognitions and will vote on the agenda at that meeting. It will listen to several reports and discuss the […]

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State of Our Schools: Choosing quality

What do parents need to know when choosing high-quality child care? Here are some indicators that can help:   Quality checklist • Well-trained staff and small teacher-student ratios • Opportunities for children to learn through play • Lots of language, reading and interactions with children • Avoidance of too many worksheets, too much TV • […]

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State of Our Schools: Kindergarten readiness

For the first time this fall, Mississippi gave a test to all of its kindergartners at the beginning of the year to determine their readiness for school. More than 40,000 kindergartners in 144 school districts took the STAR Early Literacy Exam. It revealed that two-thirds were not ready to start school. Here were the results: […]

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State of Our Schools: Pre-K spending

Pre-K spending is very unequal among Southeastern Conference states. See the numbers: Mississippi $6,000,000 Alabama $19,087,050 Arkansas $111,000,000 Florida $390,360,150 Georgia $293,939,678 Kentucky $75,373,534 Louisiana $91,803,989 Missouri $7,595,483 South Carolina $35,708,905 Tennessee $85,807,267 Texas $753,338,055 # Note data is for the 2012-13 school year, except for Mississippi (2013-14) and Arkansas (2011-12). Source: National Institute for […]

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State of Our Schools: Comparison of state pre-K programs

Each state takes a unique approach to pre-K. Here is a look at what a few other states offer in state-funded pre-school programs: View the entire State of Our Schools series, including the current installment on pre-K here: http://educationmatters.djournal.com/state-of-our-schools/ MISSISSIPPI In 2013, the Legislature approved state funding on pre-K programs for the first time. The […]

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State of Our Schools: Pre-K studies

Many studies have examined the impact of high-quality pre-K on the youngest learners. Here are some of the more famous: To read the entire Daily Journal State of Our Schools series, including the most recent installment about pre-K, visit: http://educationmatters.djournal.com/state-of-our-schools/   PRE-K Studies:   • The Abecedarian Project Four cohorts of individuals, born into low-income […]

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Tupelo School Board 10.14.14

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting has begun. Four of the five board members are present. Eddie Prather is not here. The board will meet again today at 5 p.m. at Milam Elementary. It will vote on agenda items during that meeting. It will hear presentations during this noon meeting. 12:13 p.m. Executive director of facilities […]

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State education department defends process for Common Core test approval

The Mississippi Department of Education is not happy with the decision of another state agency not to approve its contract for tests that will measure how well students are mastering the new Common Core Standards. Last week, the State Board of Education approved a one-year emergency contract with NCS Pearson, Inc., to provide those tests. […]

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