The Mississippi Department of Education released achievement gap data last week. It looks at the percentage of students in different subgroups (by race, income, gender, etc.) who scored proficient on state tests and the gaps between those groups.
Three of the widest achievement gaps in the state are in Northeast Mississippi – Oxford, Tupelo and Booneville. Leaders in those districts said they are working to close their gaps. They also said the data is somewhat misleading because it fails to show that a lot of their students are close to proficient, even if they haven’t reached that mark. That makes the gap look larger than it actually is, they said.
Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (6:47) joins Derek and Brad on today’s show to explain the achievement gap data, why it’s important and how districts are planning to address it.
Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (14:44) talks about Gov. Phil Bryant’s state budget proposal that was released on Tuesday. It places a priority on restoring state reserves and gives about $16 million in additional funding to public school districts. The proposal also includes big cuts to the state education department and to public radio and television. Bobby talks about how much weight Bryant’s proposal will carry as lawmakers begin the work of crafting next year’s budget.
Photographer Adam Robison (25:22) stops by to discuss his photo essay on a local bicycle mechanic.
Food editor Ginna Parsons (30:26) has the highlights of today’s food section – sea salt and zucchini chips, black skillet apple pie and a Houston church’s fall bazaar.