Meridian Public School District officials say there are many factors that go into its poor showing in the state's new accountability ratings.
"We have had students who have been in classes two and three years within the same grade, and we have to redefine the strategies for those students," said superintendent Charlie Kent. "We have teachers who have been working very hard, but some of the work has not been focused or directed on a certain group of students. And what we're doing now is we're focusing on each child in the district."
"It means before and after school tutoring, during school tutoring," said Furlinda Travis, director of curriculum. "It means Saturday school for some students that have come in and studied on Saturday's at the high school."
As part of the plan of action, district officials say money from the federal stimulus package will be used to pay interventionists who are already working within Meridian Public Schools to tutor students in their specific areas of need after school.
To encourage full participation, district officials say they are examining the possibility of asking parents of students in need to sign a waiver if they do not want their child to take part.
District officials say they are now working to develop an "individualized" education plan for each student. They say this will help each student succeed by providing extra assistance within their specific area of need.
Meridian High School did not receive a rating, because it has been for grades 10-12, and did not have ninth graders taking Algebra I, for the purposes of evaluation. Next year, ninth graders will be at MHS, so the school will be rated after that.
Meridian Parkview Elem ACADEMIC WATCH
Meridian Magnolia Middle ACADEMIC WATCH
Meridian Oakland Hts Elem AT RISK OF FAILING
Meridian George W Carver Mid AT RISK OF FAILING
Meridian T J Harris Elem AT RISK OF FAILING
Meridian Northwest Jr High AT RISK OF FAILING
Meridian West Hills Elem AT RISK OF FAILING
Meridian Crestwood Elem AT RISK OF FAILING
Meridian Kate Griffin Jr High FAILING
Meridian Witherspoon Elem FAILING
Meridian Poplar Springs Elem SUCCESSFUL