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Mississippi steps toward scrapping high school history test

Mississippi education officials are taking another step toward scrapping a now-required U.S. history test.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi education officials are takinganother step toward scrapping a now-required U.S. history test.

The state Commission on School Accreditation voted unanimously onMonday to recommend to the state Board of Education that Mississippi stopgiving the test to high school students.

Students formerly had to pass exams in history, English, algebraand biology to graduate. Now, there are alternate routes to graduate, but someMississippi students still don’t earn a diploma because they failed one or moretests.

Teacher groups and others who say students are overtested areseeking the change.

The history test also counts in Mississippi’s A-to-F gradingsystem for high schools and districts.

The state Board of Education plans to seek public comment beforevoting later this year.

No changes will take place this school year