The Mississippi Department of Education released school grades for 2012-2013 on Friday.
The Meridian Public School District saw its Quality Distribution Index (QDI) score on the 2012-2013 state tests and state accountability model, go from a 139 to 138. That one point drop caused the district to receive a D, or academic watch rating. That is opposed to a C, or successful rating.
"And so obviously we're disappointed with that," MPSD Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor says. "But overall, we are still pleased with the progress we have made over the last two years. We know we have a long way to go."
Poplar Springs Elementary earned a B while Meridian High School received a C. Despite several D's and a couple of F's, the district says it is improving at a rate of 9.6 percent, compared to the overall state rate of 6.5 percent.
"We have cut the number of failing schools in our district by more than half." Taylor points out. "And the district is no longer a failing school. So although we're not happy with where we are currently, we're definitely happy we're not where we used to be."
Taylor tells Newscenter 11 a number of strategies are already in place to ensure improvement in his district. That includes an emphasis on literacy, new instructional specialists, and increasing the rigor and pace in each classroom.
Meanwhile, for the Lauderdale County School District, it's about building on the district's success so far. The county saw it's QDI score remain at 175, resulting in a B, or high performing rating. West Lauderdale High School even managed to pull an A.
"We began this school year with the administrators and myself, we sat down and evaluated our test results," Lauderdale County Superintendent Randy Hodges says. "Started looking at ways that we could do better going into this school year."
Information for all school districts are contained in the attached document, listed alphabetically.