MPSD: Back to Full Accreditation

The Meridian Public School District says it has received an upgrade in accreditation status from advised to full accreditation.

MPSD said it was notified Thursday that "no current warning or deficiencies remained".

The district's level was lowered May 30, 2009, from accredited to advised due to testing irregularities, and was cited for test security violations during the April 2008 testing cycle of the Subject Area Testing Program (SATP).

The testing violations included a high school teacher copying a 2007 state English test and using it to prepare her students for the test administered in 2008.

The district says it has worked with the Mississippi Department of Education to improve test security policies and enforcement.

“In order to make data-driven instructional decisions based on state assessment data, it is important to maintain the integrity of state assessment data by maintaining protocols for test confidentiality,” said interim superintendent, Dr. Terry Larabee.

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  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Meridian on Apr 3, 2010 at 10:52 AM
    I realize that we are all concerned with test scores and the current state of the school district; however, if you read the story carefully, you will notice that the accreditation was lowered only because of testing irregularities not test scores. These irregularities in procedure have since been corrected and improved over the 2009-2010 school year. Thus, the accreditation was restored. Let's make sure that we read and comprehend the issues before we comment on them.
  • by RC Location: Sample on Apr 2, 2010 at 05:18 AM
    You have got to be kidding me! A couple lackeys from the state come down and interview some staff and faculty and everything is all better!?! WOW, MAGIC! It takes years for a school district to get into the situation MPSD had gotten itself into, and it gets fixed in a matter of weeks!?! This is a joke! I guess people who send their kids to Meridian Public Schools can count on more of the same. I guess I will have to continue fixing them once they get to college.
  • by Finally Hopeful Location: Meridian on Apr 1, 2010 at 10:21 PM
    Dr. Larabee has been so positive these last few weeks. Maybe it's the first of many steps in the right direction for our district!
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Apr 1, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    New superintendent results is a higher accreditation rating? Wonder if a new principal at MHS will result in the same?
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