-No failing school districts
-All but three "A" school districts had lower grades but received waivers that increased their grade.
-Local ratings posted at end of post.
-PARCC was rough.
The Mississippi Department of Education issued this statement and the 2014-2015 accountability results for Mississippi public school districts and individual public schools:
The Mississippi Department of Education today released letter grades for schools and districts based on Mississippi’s A-F accountability system that evaluates how schools and districts performed in the 2014-15 school year.
Official district grades for 2014-15 include 19 “A” districts, 43 “B” districts, 54 “C” districts, 30 “D” districts and no “F” districts. More districts moved from a “D” to a “C” label when compared to the 2013-14 official district letter grades. The number of “A” and “B” districts remained unchanged from the previous school year.
This year’s results reflect the final year of a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to compensate for the state transitioning to higher standards of learning. The waiver allows a school to retain the letter grade it received in the 2013-14 school year if the 2014-15 grade is lower as a result of assessment results. Waiver grades are the official grades for 2014-15. Starting with the 2015-16 school year, there will be no waiver in effect.
The Mississippi State Board of Education is expected to approve the 2014-15 accountability results during its July 14 Board meeting. Accountability labels are typically reported in the fall following the end of a school year; however, results were delayed because of data quality errors with PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) and DLM (Dynamic Learning Maps), the alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities. (KF note: MDE did not get the PARCC results until December.)
“Our superintendents have worked diligently to implement higher learning goals in their districts, and the teachers and administrators should be commended for their hard work as evidenced by Mississippi’s performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “The waiver has enabled them to continue this important work without having to worry about being sanctioned if their test scores dropped during the transition period.”
Because the 2014-15 letter grades are based on the last year of the transition period, Wright noted that schools and districts should pay attention to their graduation and proficiency rates between the 2013-14 school year and the 2014-15 school year to determine whether student outcomes are improving.
The Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP), which students took in the 2015-16 school year, also measured the state’s standards for college and careers. Scores from this test will mark a new starting point for measuring student performance.
“Parents and communities will have better information to determine if their children and schools are meeting expectations for college and career preparation,” Wright said.
The Mississippi Statewide Accountability System rates schools and school districts with the letter grades A, B, C, D, and F. The following scales were used to assign letter grades:
The accountability system factors in student proficiency, a standards-based growth model, and the four-year graduation rate, if the school has a 12th grade. The system is designed to present a more transparent picture of how well schools are serving students at all levels.
The accountability system also places a greater emphasis on student academic growth, particularly the lowest performing 25 percent of students. Students meet growth if their scores improve from one proficiency level to the next, or move sufficiently within the lower proficiency levels.
“The state will be experiencing growing pains as we continue to raise the bar for academic standards, but I believe as we challenge students, we will help equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, career and life,” said Dr. John Kelly, chairman of the State Board of Education.
Kingfish note: The report is posted below. Here are some numbers culled from the avalanche of stats:
*The rating for 78 school districts increased because of the waiver. Here are the number of ratings that increased because of the waiver.
6 districts increased from B to A
10 districts increased from C to A
Only three districts did not need a waiver
33 districts increased from C to B
5 districts increased from D to B
Only 5 districts did not need a waiver.
25 districts increased from C to D
1 district increased from F to C
26 districts did not need a waiver.
No schools increased from F to D
Here are the local results. The non-waiver grades are in (x).
Canton: D (D)
Clinton: A (C)
Hinds: C (D)
Madison County: A (B)
Pearl: B (C)
Rankin County: A (C)