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In accordance with state law and the Mississippi Department of Education, the Meridian Public School District is proposing changes to two of the current MPSD Board of Trustees Policies.

Please see the current Board policies and proposed changes below.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding these changes, please contact Monica Cryer at 601.484.4916 or mcryer@mpsdk12.net.

*Policy GBI*

Current Policy GBI:

EVALUATION OF PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES
 
The evaluation of professional employees shall be in the form and manner prescribed by the State Department of Education.  The school board of this district directs the superintendent to formulate and implement a formal annual performance appraisal system based on job descriptions and on-the-job performance of every professional employee. 

The Mississippi Public School Accountability Standard for this policy is standard 9.

LEGAL REF.: MS CODE as cited 
                    Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards
CROSS REF.: Policy GAE-P - Grievance Procedures - Licensed Personnel Appraisal  
 

Proposed Policy GBI (changes to original highlighted in yellow):

EVALUATION OF PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES
 
The evaluation of professional employees shall be in the form and manner prescribed by the State Department of Education.  The school board of this district directs the superintendent to formulate and implement a formal annual performance appraisal system based on job descriptions and on-the-job performance of every professional employee.  The appraisal system utilized by the Meridian Public School District will be the Mississippi State Teacher Appraisal Rubric or M-STAR.   

The Mississippi Public School Accountability Standard for this policy is standard 9.

LEGAL REF.: MS CODE as cited 
                    Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards
CROSS REF.: Policy GAE-P - Grievance Procedures - Licensed Personnel Appraisal  

 

*Policy IHE*
 

Current Policy IHE:

PROMOTION AND RETENTION

      
  1. The State Board of Education may establish student proficiency standards for promotion to grade levels leading to graduation.  §37-16-7        (1999) 
           
     Promotion and retention shall be based upon the student's achievement of the objectives in the Mississippi Framework and the district's instructional management plan. Students who fail to meet promotion requirements will be retained.   

a. Students in grade K will be promoted by mastering 65% of the state kindergarten objectives.  Promotion, retention, or transfer decisions will be made at the end of the year by a committee of teachers, counselors, and administrators.  Factors such as   age and previous retention may be considered. 

b. Students in grades 1-4 will be   promoted by mastering 65% of the state language arts and mathematics objectives.  Promotion, retention, or transfer decisions will be made at   the end of the year by a committee of teachers, counselors, and administrators.  Factors such as age and previous retentions may be considered. 

c. Students in grades 5-6 will be promoted by mastering 65% of the state objectives in language arts, mathematics and science.  Promotion, retention, or transfer decisions will be made at the end of the year by a committee of teachers, counselors, and administrators.  Factors such as age and previous retentions may be considered. 

d. Students in grades 7-8 will be promoted by mastering 65% of the state objectives in language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.   Promotion, retention, or transfer decisions will be made at the end of the year by a committee of teachers, counselors, and administrators.  Factors such as   age and previous retentions may be considered. 

e. Grade placement for students in grades 9-12 shall be in compliance with Board Policy IHF. 

A committee composed of the principal and appropriate   teachers shall review the educational record of any student who has failed to   meet any promotion requirement.  Placement of the student for the next   year will be determined by this committee. 

The district follows an established board policy that defines   criteria for the academic promotion/progress/retention of students from one   grade level to the next.  *Such criteria prohibit the retention of   students for extracurricular purposes.  Standard 28
  
 A student who is enrolled in any grade higher than Grade 6 in a school   district must be suspended from participation in any extracurricular or   athletic activity sponsored or sanctioned by the school district after a   semester in which the student's cumulative grade point average is below 2.0   on a 4.0 score (Children First Act of 2009).
 
  *NOTE: This portion of the standard will be jointly monitored and enforced by   the State Board of Education and the Mississippi High School Activities   Association. 
 
  A student who meets all requirements prescribed in subsection (1) of this   section shall be awarded a standard diploma in a form prescribed by the state   board.  
 
  SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS 
 
  The State Department of Education shall establish goals for the performance   of children with disabilities that will promote the purpose of IDEA and are   consistent, to the maximum extent appropriate, with other goals and standards   for children established by the State Department of Education.    Performance indicators used to assess progress toward achieving those goals   that, at a minimum, address the performance of children with disabilities on   assessments, drop-out rates, and graduation rates shall be developed.    Every two (2) years, the progress toward meeting the established performance   goals shall be reported to the public.  Senate Bill 2506 (1999   Legislative Session) and  §37-23-1 (1999)  
 
  For information on the awarding of a special diploma or an occupational   diploma, please refer to MS Code §37-16-11. 
 
  NOTES:

      
  1. According to a 1998 Attorney General Opinion, automatic fail        provision of an absences policy may not apply against legal, excused        absences.  Such absences policies may not be applied against        absences resulting from disciplinary suspensions if absences policies        are applied to truant children who are otherwise passing, the district        must afford the child procedural due process.  (Attorney General        Opinion, Carter, 1-9-98) (#183) (97-0817)  
            
  2.   
  3. Please refer to the current edition of Mississippi Public School        Accountability Standards for information on Performance Standards and        Graduation Requirements. 

The Mississippi Public School Accountability Standard for   this policy is standard 28.
 
  LEGAL REF.: MS CODE as cited
                        Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards
  CROSS REF.: Policies IB - Instructional Goals
                                   IH -   Student Achievement Improvement Act of 1999 
                                     IHF - Graduation Requirements  
   

References:
 
37-16-11 - Special diploma or   certificate of completion for handicapped students; occupational diploma for   students with disabilities.
  37-16-7 -
Establishment of   graduation standards established by district school boards; standard diploma.
  37-23-1 -
Purpose of §§ 37-23-1   through 37-23-159; design of programs and services; accountability system.
  MPSAS -
Public School   Accountability Standards
 
 

 

Proposed Policy IHE (changes highlighted in yellow):

PROMOTION AND RETENTION

      
  1. The State Board of Education may establish student proficiency        standards for promotion to grade levels leading to graduation.  §37-16-7        (1999) 
          
           Promotion and        retention shall be based upon the student's achievement of the        objectives in the Mississippi Framework and the district's instructional        management plan.  Students who fail to meet promotion requirements        will be retained.   

a.         Students   in grade K will be promoted by mastering 65% of the state kindergarten   objectives.  Promotion, retention, or transfer decisions will be made at   the end of the year by a committee of teachers, counselors, and   administrators.  Factors such as age and previous retention may be   considered. 

b.        Students   in grades 1-4 will be promoted by mastering 65% of the   state language arts and mathematics objectives.  Promotion,   retention, or transfer decisions will be made at the end of the year by a   committee of teachers, counselors, and administrators.  Factors such as   age and previous retentions may be considered. 

c.         Students   in grades 5-6 will be promoted by mastering 65% of the state objectives   in language arts, mathematics and science.  Promotion,   retention, or transfer decisions will be made at the end of the year by a   committee of teachers, counselors, and administrators.  Factors such as   age and previous retentions may be considered. 

d.        Students   in grades 7-8 will be promoted by mastering 65% of the state objectives   in language arts, mathematics, social studies and   science.   Promotion, retention, or transfer decisions will be made   at the end of the year by a committee of teachers, counselors, and   administrators.  Factors such as age and previous retentions may be   considered. 

e.        Grade   placement for students in grades 9-12 shall be in compliance with Board   Policy IHF. 

A committee   composed of the principal and appropriate teachers shall review the   educational record of any student who has failed to meet any promotion   requirement.  Placement of the student for the next year will be   determined by this committee. 

The district follows an   established board policy that defines criteria for the academic   promotion/progress/retention of students from one grade level to the   next.  *Such criteria prohibit the retention of students for   extracurricular purposes.  Standard 28
 
  A student who is enrolled in any grade higher than Grade 6 in a school   district must be suspended from participation in any extracurricular or   athletic activity sponsored or sanctioned by the school district after a   semester in which the student's cumulative grade point average is below 2.0   on a 4.0 score (Children First Act of 2009).
 
  *NOTE: This portion of the standard will be jointly monitored and enforced by   the State Board of Education and the Mississippi High School Activities   Association.
 
 
  A student who meets all requirements prescribed in subsection (1) of this   section shall be awarded a standard diploma in a form prescribed by the state   board.  
 
  SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS 
 
  The State Department of Education shall establish goals for the performance   of children with disabilities that will promote the purpose of IDEA and are   consistent, to the maximum extent appropriate, with other goals and standards   for children established by the State Department of Education.    Performance indicators used to assess progress toward achieving those goals   that, at a minimum, address the performance of children with disabilities on   assessments, drop-out rates, and graduation rates shall be developed.    Every two (2) years, the progress toward meeting the established performance   goals shall be reported to the public.  Senate Bill 2506 (1999   Legislative Session) and  §37-23-1 (1999)  
 
  For information on the awarding of a special diploma or an occupational   diploma, please refer to MS Code §37-16-11. 
 
  NOTES:

      
  1. According to a 1998 Attorney General Opinion, automatic fail        provision of an absences policy may not apply against legal, excused absences.         Such absences policies may not be applied against absences resulting        from disciplinary suspensions if absences policies are applied to truant        children who are otherwise passing, the district must afford the child        procedural due process.  (Attorney General Opinion, Carter, 1-9-98)        (#183) (97-0817)  
            
  2.   
  3. Please refer to the current edition of Mississippi Public School        Accountability Standards for information on Performance Standards and        Graduation Requirements. 

The Mississippi Public School Accountability Standard for   this policy is standard 28.
 
  LEGAL REF.: MS CODE as cited
                        Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards
  CROSS REF.: Policies IB - Instructional Goals
                                   IH -   Student Achievement Improvement Act of 1999 
                                     IHF - Graduation Requirements  
   

References:
 
37-16-11 - Special diploma or   certificate of completion for handicapped students; occupational diploma for   students with disabilities.
  37-16-7 -
Establishment of   graduation standards established by district school boards; standard diploma.
  37-23-1 -
Purpose of §§ 37-23-1   through 37-23-159; design of programs and services; accountability system.
  MPSAS -
Public School   Accountability Standards
 
 

 

 

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