Nick Chiles

Author & Journalist

Angry Parents in Mississippi Say There Must Be a Better Way

Posted on Jul 7, 2015

Miss school picHere’s my latest feature on education in Mississippi, focusing on the state’s initiative to make third graders repeat third grade if they fail a standardized reading test. After decades of severe underfunding of schools, this is one of the cruelest uses of a standardized “gates” test in recent education history. Produced for the Hechinger Report, it also appeared in the Jackson Free Press.

As Mississippi delivers bad news to 5,600 third graders, stressed-out parents say there must be a better way

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