Test Results Released

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Statewide test scores from the previous school year were released Thursday by the Mississippi Department of Education. They are intended to help measure the progress of "No Child Left Behind" legislation.

The tests were taken last spring. They will be used later to help the department rank schools in the state's accountability system. The tests use various subject areas to measure the progress each school has made with students.

Statewide, three schools had the highest percentages of students who scored proficient or above in math.

In second grade, 34 of 447 schools had 100 percent of their students scoring either proficient or advanced and 48 of 449 schools scored at that level for third graders.

In fourth grade, seven schools had 100 percent of students at the proficient or advanced levels, including Poplar Springs Elementary in Meridian and Darling Elementary in Greenville.

Three schools could boast the same statistics among fifth graders, including North Woolmarket in Harrison County and Power A-PAC and George Elementary, both in Jackson.

Six different counties could boast results in the 100 percent range for sixth graders, including Rienzi Elementary in Alcorn County and T.Y. Fleming in Leflore County.