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Schools get accountability results
by Jebb Johnston
Sep 13, 2013 | 344 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three local schools have earned the top “A” rating in the Mississippi Statewide Accountability System.

The ratings made public today by the Mississippi Department of Education include an A for Corinth High School, Kossuth High School and Rienzi Elementary School. The Corinth School District received an A rating, and the Alcorn School District received a B rating.

“With the results of two ‘A’ schools and another school within two points of being an ‘A,’ the Alcorn School District team has diligently strived to meet the students’ present needs and future challenges of the new PARCC assessment,” said Alcorn School District Superintendent Gina Rogers Smith. “There are areas that we will be addressing to improve, but we cannot let that overshadow the overall performance of our students and their teachers.”

With Corinth’s participation in the Excellence for All program and with the high school using the Cambridge model, the high school and middle school did not receive ratings last year. The Cambridge testing results are not figured into Corinth’s results.

Corinth Middle School and Corinth Elementary School earned a B this year.

“We are especially pleased that the district has received an A ranking,” said Superintendent Lee Childress. “It shows the teachers, students, parents and the community have collaborated together to build and provide successful educational experiences for all children, and it also has helped in improving our graduation rate, which contributed considerably to the district being named an A district.”

The district had a five-year graduation rate of 80.9 percent.

The district-level QDI of 188 for Corinth was determined by using a weighted average of the 2013 QDI of the elementary and middle school with the 2011 QDI from the high school combined with the district’s 2013 graduation rate. QDI scores can range from zero to 300.

The grade assigned to Corinth High School was determined by combining the school’s 2011 QDI and growth calculations with the 2013 graduation rate.

In the county, Biggersville High, which was rated “academic watch” last year, is rated a “D” this year.

“Biggersville High School has already put strategies in place to improve state test scores by utilizing online resources and tutorial classes during the school day and after hours,” said Smith. “Biggersville High School’s plan states the professional development the district is providing in the areas of PLCs and Common Core Curriculum will help bridge the gap in areas of deficiency.”

Kossuth Middle School, which was rated “academic watch” last year, earned a C with a QDI of 171 and growth not met.

Four county campuses scored Bs and three earned Cs.

The Mississippi Department of Education said more schools are getting better ratings and fewer are earning an F. The number of A districts was 18, up significantly from three last year, largely because graduation rates were added back to the accountability model, and, for the first time, graduation rates applied to all districts, not just those that are higher performing.

The 2012-13 school year marks the last time that QDI, HSCI, HSV and five-year graduation rates will be used. A new accountability model has been proposed, and it is anticipated to be released for public comment following the Mississippi Board of Education meeting today. The board will also officially adopt the school ratings today.
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