Schools Plan for Success

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The stakes are high at Mississippi's 10 "priority'' or lowest performing schools.

Evaluation teams have reviewed every aspect of education in the priority schools -- from individual classrooms to the school board.

Now, state education officials say the next step is to put a school improvement plan on paper.

These schools were marked for improvement as the state's lowest performing schools:
Heidelberg High School
Nichols Middle School, Canton
JW Stamply Elementary, Clarksdale
Drew High School
Ida Greene Lower Elementary, Humphreys County
Oak Park Elementary, Laurel
Brooks Elementary, Bolivar County
Como Elementary
Quitman County Elementary
Ruleville Central Elementary

State sanctions for priority schools (Districts can take their own corrective action before the state steps in:

Year 1

Site based assessment of the school by trained evaluation team. Report presented to community at an advertised meeting.
Development of school improvement plan through an established parent/citizen advisory council.
Individual professional development plans developed for personnel identified as needing improvement.

Year 2

A teacher, identified as needing improvement the previous year, who fails to perform after re-evaluation will be recommended for dismissal. A principal, who has been at the school for three or more years, and who fails to perform after re-evaluation, will be dismissed.
A cap can be placed on the superintendent's salary.

Year 3

A superintendent who fails to perform after evaluation will be dismissed or subject to recall.
School board members are dismissed or subject to recall.
In August, the Mississippi Department of Education said only sanctions against teachers were dependent on evaluations.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education