Public input sought in process to eliminate U.S. History exam

The Mississippi State Board of Education recently accepted recommendations to begin the process of eliminating the U.S. History ‘end-of-course’ exam. The SBE is now seeking input from you as the ‘public comment process’ has begun. 

While U.S. History would remain a required course for graduation,  the course’s exam is the only state test not required by federal or state law.

As it currently stands, the U.S. History exam is given to high school students upon completion of the course. It is one of four end-of-course assessments that Board policy requires students to take to graduate. The other tests, in Biology, Algebra I and English II, are required by federal law. Students don’t have to pass the subject area tests to graduate, as the SBE offers several options for students to earn a diploma.

The SBE’s decision follows both the Commission on School Accreditation and the Mississippi Student Testing Task Force decisions to recommend elimination of the U.S. History end-of-course exam on the heels of an opinion poll of secondary education teachers who voted to eliminate the exam.

Any member of the public may submit written comments to Dr. Jo Ann Malone, Office of Accreditation, 359 N. West Street, Post Office Box 771, Jackson, MS 39205-0771. They may also submit comments by email (accreditation@mdek12.org). Students, teachers, and school administrators are encouraged to submit comments.

All public comments must be received in the Office of Accreditation no later than 5 p.m. on October 22, 2019.

Comments will be presented to the SBE on November 7, 2019.