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Graduation takes on a new meaning in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Ms., (KNOE 8 News) - By week's end, the Mississippi state Board of Education is likely to seek public comment on a plan to add four-year graduation rates to the numerical formula that rates high schools and school districts.

The move comes a year after a different measure of graduation rates was removed from the rating formula, sparking criticism from lawmakers. They say any measure of school quality should take into account how many students graduate from high school.

However, because a task force is designing a new system, the plan being considered Friday will only be in effect for one year. In fact, as plans stand now, districts and high schools will effectively be graded five different ways in five consecutive years.

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