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MPSD Shows Improvement on 2013-14 State Test Results

The Meridian Public School District is very pleased to announce that the 2013-14 state test scores show an increase in student proficiency levels in both math and language arts which resulted in nearly all schools showing improvement.


For the first time since the implementation of the Mississippi Curriculum Test, second edition (MCT2) and in nearly a decade, there are no failing schools in the Meridian Public School District.


“I am truly grateful to be able to say that no child in the city of Meridian attends a failing school,” said MPSD Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor. “When I came to the District in the 2011-12 school year, 70 percent of the schools were failing. While we have a long way to go, I am very happy to report the significant gains that have been made so far.”


During the middle of the 2013-14 school year, the Mississippi Department of Education created a new system of grading for the MCT2 and SATP2 state tests that went in to effect immediately. The new grading system did away with the Quality Distribution Index scores (QDI) and created a 700 point scale for grades three through eight and a 900 point scale for high schools and school districts. The letter grades for schools and districts are issued based on the new point scales.


Of the ten MPSD tested schools, six schools improved student performance levels and school letter grades from the 2012-13 school year to the 2013-14 school year and four schools maintained.


“The gains that were made this past year would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community leaders, and I want to thank everyone for their role in making this happen and moving our students forward,” said Taylor.


Since the implementation of the MCT2 during the 2007-08 school year, the Meridian Public School District has increased student proficiency rates in language arts by ten percentage points and in mathematics by 18 percentage points. The overall proficiency level of MPSD in 2007-08 was 39 percent and it is now at 50 percent.


“The Meridian Public School District has shown a steady increase in the percentages of students who scored proficient and advanced in language arts and mathematics,” said MPSD Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support Robin Miles. “This increase should be credited to the hard work and dedication of students, parents, teachers and administrators across the entire district.”


This year, MPSD has fully implemented the Common Core standards in preparation for the new state assessment that will be administered in the spring. To prepare for the rigorous Common Core test, each student in third through eighth grade receives at least 90 minutes of reading and 90 minutes of math instruction per day.


“We will continue our intense focus on improving instruction in reading and mathematics because we understand that they are the foundation of academic excellence,” said Miles.


“We will have a long way to go to get our District where it needs to be, but the district is definitely making positive strides and moving in the right direction.”


Highlights from this year’s data release include:

·         No Failing Schools

·         Six schools increased a letter grade

·         Increased proficiency levels in Language Arts and Math (now 50%)

·         Every school improved or maintained performance levels

·         Poplar Springs is rated an “A” which is the highest level possible

·         Meridian High has been ranked a “C” school for two consecutive years

·         Nearly half of MPSD schools are labeled “C” or better

·         Poplar Springs Elementary is the highest performing elementary school in the East Mississippi area

·         MPSD had three of the top ten performing elementary schools in the East Mississippi area

·         MPSD ranked in the top 81-100% of the state in terms of improving proficiency levels for students in the lowest 25% for Language Arts


Review of Previous Performance:


School QDI Scores & Labels QDI Scores, Labels, & Grades QDI Scores & Grades Score & Grade
  2010-2011 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Carver Middle School 101 – Low Performing 110 – Low Performing - F 123 - F 356 - D
Crestwood Elementary School 124 – Academic Watch 132 – Academic Watch - D 127 - F 352 - D
Magnolia Middle School 124 – Low Performing 125 – Low Performing - F 138 - D 358 - D
Meridian High School 130 – Low Performing 153 – Academic Watch - D 143 - C 558 - C
Northwest Middle School 123 – Low Performing 140 – Academic Watch - D 147 - D 394 - D
Oakland Heights Elementary 126 – Low Performing 140 – Successful - C 137 - D 411 - C
Parkview Elementary School 135 – Academic Watch 140 – Successful - C 130 - F 375 - D
Poplar Springs Elementary 198 – High Performing 205 – Star - A 197 - B 529 - A
T.J. Harris Elementary 130 – Academic Watch 143 – Successful - C 134 - D 351 - D
West Hills Elementary School 113 – Low Performing 142 – Successful - C 136 - D 420 - C
MPSD District 126- Low Performing 139 – Successful - C 138 - D 507 - D



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