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More than 3,200 Mississippi students may not graduate due to standardized tests

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011 15:52 PM

Since the passing of the No Child Left Behind Act, students have had to pass standardized tests selected by the state in order to graduate. However, some students may find this task to be extremely difficult, potentially putting their futures in jeopardy.

Approximately 11 percent of high school seniors in the state of Mississippi reportedly may not be able to graduate due to their inability to pass standardized tests. According to the state's ABC affiliate, WAPT 16, more than 3,200 Mississippi students will not graduate this year because they have not passed one or more standardized tests that are needed to graduate.

However, some academic officials are suggesting that the tests would not actually prepare the students for college, rather just map out what they've learned thus far.

The Jackson Clarion Ledger reports that of the 3,295 students that need to pass these tests, 446 are second-year seniors. Additionally, more than one-third of these students are in special education, which may be one of the main reasons they have been unable to perform to the same capabilities of their peers.