MPSD releases statement on school rating for this year

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- The Meridian Public School District is commenting on its recent school rating of "D" released by the Mississippi Department of Education Thursday.

Meridian Public Schools ranked as tied for 119th out of 146 possible school districts, which includes three charter schools. MPSD did show improvement, but received the same grade as last year. Here is a statement from MPSD about its results.

Statement:

The Mississippi Department of Education released the 2016-17 Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) state test results, and the Meridian Public School District held steady.

Assessment results were impressive in some areas. Although district total points increased from the previous year, it still maintained a “D” according to the most recent accountability results. At least three schools moved up a level: Meridian High School moved to successful status, with its graduation rates at 78.5%. Poplar Springs maintained their high performance status, and West Hills improved their failing rating from the previous year.

“Although we celebrate the successes of those schools that improved their performance, school leaders are looking closely at areas where performance did not improve as expected,” explained Dr. Amy Carter, Superintendent of Meridian Public Schools. “We are determining the gaps in our instructional practices to ensure we are providing students with the learning experiences that will grow them at least one year. This model is based on student growth and with the committed leaders and teachers we have in Meridian, there is no reason why our students are not demonstrating at least a year’s growth.”

The MAAP state test was first given to students during the spring semester of the 2015-16 school year, and it replaced the PARCC assessment which schools across the country took in the 2014-15 school year. Prior to PARCC, students in Mississippi took the Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition for several years. The MAAP is designed to measure student achievement and progress on the Mississippi College-and Career-Readiness Standards (MS CCRS) for English Language Arts and Mathematics and to provide results that guide instruction. The MAAP assesses students in grades 3-8 in English Language Arts and Mathematics and assesses students in Algebra I and English II at the high school level.

“We will continue to focus on the individual needs of our students and ensure every teacher is providing instruction that aligns with College and Career Readiness Standards,” said Carter. “It is imperative that we teach students in creative and innovative ways that promote student engagement and critical thinking in each classroom.”

When comparing the 2015-16 proficiency rates to the 2016-17 proficiency rates, we are pleased to see progress in some areas, and we look forward to supporting our school leaders, teachers, parents, and especially our students.