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Special Edition - Gains in Test Scores and Graduation Rates!

The Meridian Public School District has great news to share! The Mississippi Department of Education released assessment data to the public today, and MPSD is happy to report that the district saw an increase in the percentage of advanced and proficient students in every grade level and subject area except sixth grade math which stayed the same! MPSD is truly Making Positive Strides Daily!

MPSD Shows Gains in Test Scores and Graduation Rates

In the public release of district and school test data today from the Mississippi Department of Education, the Meridian Public School District showed growth in the number of proficient and advanced students in every grade and subject level except sixth grade math!

The release also shows a six and a half percent increase in the district’s five-year graduation rate. According to the five-year graduation rate released by the Mississippi Department of Education last year, MPSD had a 64.4 percent graduation rate. This year that rate increased to 70.9 percent showing the district’s focus on graduation even if it takes a year longer to accomplish that goal. The four-year graduation rate held steady at 69.3 percent.

“Teachers and students worked exceptionally hard this past year by focusing on our goal of improving student achievement. We can see the results from that hard work now, and it really paid off,” said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Robin Miles.

MPSD’s focus on student achievement was part of four goals set forth by the Board of Trustees in the 2011-12 school year. The four goals include: establishing safe and orderly schools, improving student achievement, increasing accountability, and strengthening community relations. Significant gains were made in each area, and the release of today’s state test data and graduation rate confirms the improvement in student achievement.

“I am extremely proud of the students, teachers, and administrators,” said Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor. “While we still have areas that need improvement, we certainly made great progress this past year and plan to continue to grow year after year.”

The chart below shows the percentage of MPSD students that are proficient and advanced (the desired levels of achievement) in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years and the percentage of growth from year to year by grade level.

Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition

Proficient & Advanced

       

Subject - Language Arts

 

Grade

2010-11

2011-12

% Growth

3

36.4%

43.6%

7.2%

4

38.8%

43.4%

4.6%

5

37.6%

45.8%

8.2%

6

35.9%

37.7%

1.8%

7

28.9%

45.3%

16.4%

8

37.6%

38.4%

0.8%

       

Subject - Math

   

Grade

2010-11

2011-12

% Growth

3

60.2%

65.6%

5.4%

4

49.5%

55.9%

6.4%

5

47.1%

60.9%

13.8%

6

34.3%

34.1%

-0.2%

7

39.9%

47%

7.1%

8

38.5%

38.8%

0.3%

       

Subject Area Testing Program

Proficient & Advanced

       

Subject

2010-11

2011-12

% Growth

Algebra I

59%

73%

14%

Biology I

N/A*

48%

N/A*

English II

39%

50%

11%

               

Students in grades three through eight are tested in language arts and mathematics on the Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition. High school students enrolled in Algebra I, Biology I, English II, and U.S. History** are tested by the Subject Area Testing Program. Each student’s state test score goes into one of four categories: Advanced, Proficient, Basic, or Minimal. School and District rankings will be released this fall and are based on a weighted calculation of scores in each category.

Areas of particular interest include:
-Over 16% growth in 7th grade language arts
-Almost 14% growth in 5th grade mathematics
-14% growth in Algebra I
-11% growth in English II
-6th grade mathematics was the only area that did not show growth this year, but did not lose much ground either since the score is still at 34% proficient and advanced

“I am eagerly awaiting the public release of the school accountability labels, so that the students, parents, and community members can see just how successful we were in accomplishing our goals,” said Taylor. “And, our students and teachers are working just as hard, if not harder, than last year, so we are looking forward to another year of advancement.”

*Test data for the 2010-11 Biology I is not included since it was the first year for the new version of the test and MDE did not count those scores.
**2011-12 served as the first year of the new version of the U.S. History test, so MDE does not count those scores in this year’s data.

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