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State will evaluate district on Cambridge data
by Jebb Johnston
Oct 15, 2016 | 2455 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Mississippi Department of Education will evaluate the Corinth School District based on Cambridge data rather than the standardized tests used to assign an accountability rating to other districts.

When new school accountability ratings are released for districts across the state this week, Corinth will not be among them. As part of its District of Innovation application, the district sought to be evaluated on data from the Cambridge model rather than the Mississippi Assessment Program and the Subject Area Testing Program.

Superintendent Lee Childress said he recently met with MDE representatives to discuss the evaluation model and a timeline.

“We have worked out what we think is an acceptable plan,” said Childress, but it has not been finalized.

The district is preparing the “massive amount of data” that MDE will need to arrive at a rating.

The state will release ratings for 2015-2016 to the districts on Tuesday and to the public on Thursday. The Corinth School District will likely be assigned a rating in November.

In the results coming next week, schools will be rated from A to F with a revised point scale reflecting a new statewide assessment given in the last school year and a couple of new elements in the accountability system.

In other Corinth schools happenings, the district has seen about 600 students participate in the fall intersession, with about 400 of those at the elementary level engaged in foundational studies and enrichment activities. The instruction during the new extended breaks is designed to help students who are falling behind to catch up during the school year rather than at the end of the school year.

“I think we’re going to see some really positive results,” said Childress.

In personnel action by the board of trustees Thursday evening, the board accepted resignations from Dana Bullard, Cambridge coordinator; Brittany Amber Morelock, teacher assistant at CES; and Daniel Bain, custodian at CES. Elizabeth Fields, who remains as a CES teacher assistant, will no longer be hygienist.

The board approved for CES Amanda Mask, English language learner interventionist; Denise King, hygienist; Debbie Price-Mann and Rebecca Penney, part-time instructional team teachers for first grade; and Lori Wood, school nurse.

The board also approved Tommy James as a maintenance worker.
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