While Corinth students were taking state-required assessments last fall, they were also being tested on the district’s curriculum.

Corinth School District Superintendent Lee Childress said students took the comprehensive Cambridge testing program to measure their progress on the Cambridge International Education curriculum.

Thanks to District of Innovation status from the Mississippi Department of Education, the city’s school district is allowed to teach students using a curriculum other than the typical state-issued curriculum other schools in the state follow.

While both state assessments and Cambridge results showed declines from last school year due to the many challenges of the pandemic, Childress said he’s still happy with the progress considering the circumstances.

“The good news is that our test results showed that our children continued to learn, though we may not have the same levels of proficiency that we have had in the past,” he said. “The landscape of education in Corinth and throughout the country changed dramatically over the last 20 months. Corinth teachers have accepted and met the associated challenges and are to be commended for their work in providing in-class and virtual learning opportunities for our students.”

Childress shared some of the Cambridge results from the 2019-20 school year:

n 15 CHS seniors earned AICE diplomas

n CHS administered 529 AICE exams with a 64 percent passage rate

n 67 percent of 10th graders passed the AICE General Paper

n IGCSE Math, First English Language and Biology assessment results had passing rates from 63 percent to 92 percent.

Childress said both the state and Cambridge testing results are allowing insight into the individual, school, and district needs that teachers have been addressing for the last nine weeks.

“Teachers and administrators are working to accelerate learning opportunities for our students to improve educational outcomes,” he added. “These results give us valuable information that we can use to better direct resources and attention to our areas of greatest need.”

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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