Mississippi's education leaders on Thursday moved to ease the way for seniors to graduate and third graders to move on to fourth grade in the face of schools closed to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The state Board of Education already voted last week to halt state standardized tests and to have schools and districts keep their current A-to-F ratings for another year. Mississippi officials said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Education has indicated it will formally approve Mississippi’s waiver later, as board members suspended more than a dozen laws and rules. High school students will earn graduation credits for incomplete courses, and seniors will be allowed to graduate this year as long as they meet other district and state...
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Mississippi Eases Graduation and Third-Grade Rules for Virus