Thursday, December 17, 2015

Read 'em & weep: PARC edition.

The Mississippi Department of Education released the PARC results for the third through eighth grades this morning:


Anonymous said...

Madison County Schools killing it. Nice.

Anonymous said...

Madison did well. Clinton did well. Ocean Springs did pretty well. But I would say Oxford is killing it.

Anonymous said...

Where are all the people that moved to Rankin County for the "good schools"?

Anonymous said...

As a parent of Madison Station and Madison Middle, very impressive results-

Anonymous said...

Um....this is abysmal. The top 3 or 4 school systems all have about 1/3 of students testing less than proficient at all levels. But they brag because of how well they compare to the other Mississippi schools. Just remember, these kids will be competing with kids from India, not JPS.

Set your sights a little higher.

Anonymous said...

Did y'all read the math results for Madison County? Did you compare those with the math results from Hinds County?

Anonymous said...

Teaching to test is a problem even at private schools.
Many of the children are bored out of their minds!
A teacher needs to be able to spark an interest in reading and learning.
Those are life skills.
A teacher needs to teach children how to memorize . But, to reward those who memorize well in the short term and have recognition skills for multiple choice do not necessarily comprehend the subject matter!
And, if they don't understand the subject matter, they can't problem solve.
If you can't explain what you know , you might not understand it. The demise of discussion questions in testing was a very bad thing.

Anonymous said...

Oxford is definitely doing well-- but Madison County by far did the best.

Oxford had 9.3% of students at Level 1 while Madison only had 3.5%; Oxford had 18% at level 2 while Madison only had 9.9%. So in total, Madison only had 13.4% of students who were not at adequate levels of understanding while oxford had 27.3% students who were not at adequate levels.

Madison also had more students in Level 3 (adequate) , 4 (strong understanding), and 5 (distinguished understanding) that Oxford schools.

In fact, Madison had the highest percentage of Level 5 scores in the State.

So, 12/17, 7:33 PM, no. Incorrect.
This may be true for #2 and below, but Madison County Schools only had 13.4% testing less than proficient.

Also, if you study statistics and the concept of a bell curve, it is significant and very impressive to note that close to 50% of Madison County students are excelling (Level 4 or Level 5 scores).

Even the other top schools such as Oxford schools are doing better than a bell curve with their score distributions more among Level 3, 4, 5 than Level 1 and 2. When you think about the varied background of the kids they serve and the fact that not everyone has a 180 IQ I think this is a positive.

There is always room for improvement and more work, though.

Anonymous said...

I guess Madison is way mo bettah than Rankin. Oh, wait. Petal outscored them, 58-43.

Please, sugar, move down to Petal for that fine education.

You understand this is the first time for this test. And the last, right? That's a clue.

Congrats on second place to Petal, Mississippi schools. Harvard is just around the corner I can tell.

Anonymous said...

Not sure where you got the 58-43 numbers.

Regardless, it seems to me that you are dismissing an entire school district (Petal) because they are a small town in Mississippi. That is part of the problem.

Yes, I'm aware this test will not occur again. Part of the problem is also trying to implement an entire new education approach every 2 years instead of letting something work.

And yes, there are plenty of students from Madison schools that go to the military academies, Ivy League, and Stanfords. That's why the lead the State every year in National Merit finalists and have won the national championship in the Decathlon multiple times.

There are a lot of really great things going on all throughout our State as far as education. I hope we continue improving the overall system and making strides for our kids.

Anonymous said...

There isn't anything to cheer about in the test results. It will be just like always. When the kids are not taught they cannot pass a test. Ms. schools have a couple of solutions to this little problem. Cheat is the favorite way. Getting rid of the tests runs a close second.
Wouldn't it be a much better plan to actually teach the kids?

Anonymous said...

People bragging that Madison or Oxford schools are so much better than anyone else. That's rich. It's sort of like bragging about being the biggest midget on the playground. For the most part, students coming from Mississippi public schools cannot compete with students from across the world vying to get into top-tier universities. What is even more unfortunate is that the citizens and parents of this failing students want to continue to blame Mississippi's broken education system. Instead, why don't they take action and come up with a plan to provide a better future and more opportunities for their kids? They won't. Many of these parents can't ever take care of themselves. Between bastard kids, drug and alcohol abuse, and fiscal irresponsibility, things will never change.

Did they REALLY think it will improve by passing Initiative 42 or throwing more money at a broken system? It won't. What DOES make a difference is taking an interest in your kid's education and actually being present in the home. It's not that hard.

Just look at the idiots running JPS and it's pretty clear that things won't get better.

Anonymous said...


Let me see if I can follow you. You went from hating on Madison and Oxford public schools to talking about bad families in public schools in general to Initiative 42 to saying that idiots at JPS will not make things better. Okay.

Not all public education in Mississippi is equal, unfortunately. Madison schools are great examples of resource rich, thriving public education. High-Achieving Madison Central students do compete and often get accepted into these top-tier universities and military academies. It is why they compete and win on a national level in many competitions, and why they have won a national award for being a top high school.

Newsflash: Last time I checked, Harvard / Princeton / Ivy Leagues have a 5% acceptance rate. Most people everywhere are not getting into these top tier universities. And yet this summer I worked with an intern of ours from Oxford High School currently at Princeton. And know of many Madison Central graduates in the Ivy Leagues or great schools.

Overall I agree, though. Our education system needs so much work and overhaul. Maybe we should look to some of these schools districts to see what is making them successful. And even at the best high school in the United States, we are still behind many other countries in the world on education. We have a lot of work to do.

Anonymous said...

One of the Jackson Public schools tested better actually than the best Madison school and one other did quite well also. The first percentages matter, too.
I'd also point out that not all the Madison schools did well in math.

Now, one should ask themselves why some of the schools did better than the other schools in the same county with the same curriculum.

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