Mississippi school plan seeks to double proficiency levels

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state Board of Education wants 70 percent of all students to perform proficiently on standardized tests under a new plan to comply with federal education legislation.

The state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act sets a goal of more than doubling the share of students on grade level in math and science within eight years. The board sent out the plan for public comment Friday.

The new federal law replaces the No Child Left Behind Act.

The plan also says the state will provide extra money to roughly 50 low-performing schools, which must spend the cash on improvement methods demonstrated to work.

The board will accept comments through July 16, then submit the plan for Gov. Phil Bryant's review. It's scheduled to go to federal officials in September.

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