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6% of seniors statewide in danger of failing

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - At the beginning of the school year, about four seniors at Clinton High School had not passed at least one of the SATP tests required to graduate. That number is now down to one student.

"There will be a third opportunity which this one student will be taking at the end of March," said Clinton High Principal Dr. Eddie Peasant.

The statewide percentage of seniors who are required to take the tests to graduate but have not passed at least one of those tests is roughly 6 percent. Seniors that plan to get an occupational diploma may not be required to take the SATP's.

The Mississippi Department of Education said that's partly due to the fact that the tests were redesigned with increased rigor three years ago. Those students are now in their senior year.

But it may also be timing. Students at some schools aren't required or encouraged to take the pertinent courses in algebra, world history and biology as early as possible.

"The sooner they take the course, the sooner they have the opportunity to take the assessment and, therefore, more opportunities they have to repeat if necessary," said Deputy Superintendent of Education Lynn House.

Tenth grade English is also a subject tested on the SATP.

There are a few strategies in the works to help seniors: small-group intensive tutoring sessions happening regionally around the state and extra training over the summer for some teachers.

Additionally, starting this school year, parents of students in danger of failing will be notified so they have a chance to meet with school staff.

"If they would like to have the meeting, we're asking the superintendents to schedule the meeting utilizing their staff," said House.

Students who don't pass the test in April will have a chance to take it again after graduation and still receive their diploma.

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