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School district receives B grade
by Zack Steen
Oct 20, 2016 | 4623 views | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The first set of non-wavier accountability ratings for Mississippi schools were released today and the Alcorn School District’s grade remains a B.

Based on the state’s A-F accountability system that evaluates how schools performed in the 2015-16 school year, locally Kossuth Elementary School fared the best.

KES received the district’s only A rating and was ranked as the fourth best elementary school in the state.

“We are so excited for Kossuth Elementary to be ranked fourth out of the 642 pre-k through fourth-grade schools in the state,” said ASD Curriculum Director Tammy Johnson. “It is a wonderful honor and shows just how hard our students and teachers continue to work even with all the testing changes.”

The Mississippi Department of Education did not assign an accountability rating to the Corinth School District. With its District of Innovation status, the district will be evaluated based on Cambridge International Examinations data, and its accountability ratings are expected to be given in November.

Other ASD schools who received a B rating include Alcorn Central Middle, Alcorn Central High, Kossuth Middle and Kossuth High.

Schools with a C rating were Biggersville Elementary and Biggersville High.

Alcorn Central Elementary received a D rating and was the lowest ranked school in the district.

Also receiving ratings were Glendale Elementary (B grade) and Rienzi Elementary (C grade). Both schools were closed in May.

“Four of our schools moved up one letter grade while one school improved two letter grades,” said Johnson. “We have, however, identified areas in which we want to focus on helping us advance even higher.”

ACMS moved from D to B, GES moved from C to B, KES went from B to A and KMS went from C to B.

In 2014-15, the district was ranked B with a waiver while the district is ranked B without a waiver with the current results.

The accountability grades are based on the results of the Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP) for English language arts and Mathematics. MAP tests were administered to students in grades 3-8 and in high school for the first time during the 2015-16 school year. MAP tests are aligned to the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards and will continue to be used in future years to assess students statewide.

These results are also the first set no longer under a waiver to compensate for the state transitioning to higher standards of learning. For the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, the waiver allowed schools and districts to retain the letter grades they received the previous school year if assessment results caused their grades to drop.

The accountability system factors in student proficiency, a standards-based growth model and the four-year graduation rate. The new high school components include student performance on the ACT and participation and performance in advanced coursework such as Advanced Placement and dual credit/dual enrollment courses.

The system also places an emphasis on student academic growth, particularly the lowest performing 25 percent of students.

Statewide, 14 districts received an A grade, while 39 districts received a B rating, 36 got C grades and 19 school districts received an F.

With its B rating, ASD was ranked 26th out of the 143 districts statewide.

Other area district ratings included Booneville School District (A), Prentiss County School District (B), Tishomingo County School District (B), South Tippah School District (B) and North Tippah School District (C).
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