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Throughout Mississippi school children must take standardized assessments in Literacy and Mathematics to fulfill requirements of state and federal law. The No Child Left Behind Act has a key component that all schools be helping 100% of their students achieve proficiency levels on these standardized assessments by 2014.
These assessments are aligned to the curriculum used by the public schools, and so it is a reliable measure of whether students are reaching the standards of learning. The standards of learning are described in the curricular frameworks which lay out a way to organize the delivery of content knowledge.
The Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd edition (MCT2) that is administered to students in grades 3-8 is in an untimed, multiple-choice format. For students in grades 3 and 4 there are 63 Reading and Writing questions and 55 Mathematics questions. In grades 5 and 6 students have 73 Reading and Writing questions and 60 Mathematics questions. In grades 7 and 8 students are asked 83 Reading and Writing questions and 60 Mathematics questions. In grades 7 and 8 students may use a calculator on the Mathematics section. The assessment is given over a three day period.
These assessments provide data on many levels. Students’ progress over the years and in the content areas is monitored. If a student needs instructional support, that will be seen on regular standardized assessments. Teaching practices and areas where there needs more focus can be recognized through assessment results. And, schools can represent the extent to which they have been able to educate all students to the learning standards developed in the statewide curriculum.