High school seniors who were denied from graduation privileges resulting from poor state test scores now have a second chance.
Mississippi Department of Education stated Wednesday that students who passed all categories of the state test except one category can take an emergency retest.
See if you can pass a practice version of the test by clicking: here. (Or visit this link: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/docs/student-assessment/history_i_practice_test_set_1.pdf?sfvrsn=2)
Superintendent of Laurel School District, Chuck Benigno, expressed relief.
"We are very excited about the opportunity for our students to get one more chance to take the state test. We have several students who only have to take one more test, so they qualify," Benigno said.
Benigno and other Pine Belt superintendents think the history portion of the state test should be reconsidered.
"I do believe there are problems with the history test. Even though we are going to get a second chance, there are issues with this test."
Seventy students in our viewing area did not pass the state test.
The retests are scheduled to be at Mississippi State University. School districts are scrambling to arrange transportation to Starkville for their students at the end of this week or beginning of next week.
Districts are required to pay $250 per student for the emergency test.
Parents across the Pine Belt reacted similarly to Jennifer Reid after hearing about their children being denied by the Mississippi Board of Education to participate in graduation ceremonies.
"He had a full ride scholarship to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and now he can't even accept it," Reid said before finding out about her son.
Jennifer Reid's son was denied graduation privileges as a result of being four points away from passing the history portion of the required state test.
"He went 12 years... He worked for this. He deserves this," Reid said.
Along with her son being denied his graduation privileges, Reid also lost her youngest son in a car wreck last January.
She wants families to know they're not alone in this complicated state testing issue.
"This is not just my child that I'm fighting for. I'm fighting for all these children," Reid said.
I want to see all these children walk across that stage and get what they deserve."
Now Reid's son, and other students across the Pine Belt, have one final chance to walk across the stage at graduation.
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