MPSD Expects Better Testing Results

State testing in Mississippi officially ended Thursday.

The MCT2 tests for third through eighth graders, and subject area tests for high school students started Tuesday.

Last year the Meridian Public School District received an overall low rating on the testing. This year major improvements are expected.

With state testing now behind him, the district superintendent says he is looking to the future.

"Many of our schools have been showing significant growth and we feel very confident about what the results will show," said Dr. Alvin Taylor.

"This year we have worked really hard to focus on assessing instruction," said Robin Miles, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
"We've given common assessments each 9 weeks. We've looked at those and broken that data down by grade level, by subject area, by teacher, by classroom, by student. We've used that data to make instructional decisions and I think that the concerted effort and focus on instruction throughout the year is going to make a difference in our test scores."

Although assessment testing of students has been done throughout the district periodically in the past, what made the tests different this year is that they counted as the student's 9 weeks test grades. Officials say in many cases, this made the students take the tests more seriously.

"These count as their 9 weeks grades to ensure that they would put 100% effort on them, and the kids have been doing very well," Taylor said.

Taylor says there is progress at all ten schools.

"The high school is doing extremely well. Northwest is doing extremely well. Carver is doing extremely well," Taylor said. "They're all making gains."

Statewide, the results from this week's tests are expected to be officially released in September.

Last year six Meridian public schools rated low performing; two were placed on academic watch. One school, Poplar Springs Elementary, was high-performing and just two points shy of receiving star school status.

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  • by Hmmmm? on May 12, 2012 at 07:31 PM
    Don't count your eggs before they hatch.
  • by proud of MPSD Location: Meridian on May 11, 2012 at 04:03 AM
    Diogenes, Will you please explain how or why 300 students were removed from the testing pool? That must be a mistake. A certain percentage of the students must take the tests. The students and teachers have been working hard to get a successful QDI so MPSD can move back to the status that we once had. I think Dr. Taylor is doing an outstanding job. He goes by rules and procedures and that is what this district needs! In the past, there have been too many bent rules and that is why the district was in the mess it was in previously. Everyone has their opinion about any situation, so to me Dr. Taylor is outstanding. The school board members are concerned about the students' well being and the progress of the district. Have you attended any school board meetings? They are doing a great job. I do agree with some of the other district personnel getting their jobs through favoritism. One thing is for sure, it is who you know that determines if you become a principal in this district.
  • by Diogenes Location: Meridian on May 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    Of course the high school is doing well. When 300 "marginal" students are removed from the testing pool, the scores should improve. To quote the Fram man: "you can pay me now or you can pay me later." Irregardless, we are going to pay and by deferring payment will only increase the dropout rate and the number of students "graduating" with a certificate of completion. Our district needs a complete overhall superintendent, board attorney and board plus key personnel who only got their position through nepotism and/or favortism.
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      by knowledge is power on May 10, 2012 at 10:54 PM in reply to Diogenes
      how can we expect our kids to learn by example when we see these types of number crunching is being done.if a teacher did this, they would be fired for false record keeping.
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      by Alien on May 11, 2012 at 06:00 AM in reply to Diogenes
      You are complaining because kids were removed due to the lack of English's skills.FIRST: Please, do your research before you OPEN YOUR BIG MOUTH. Many HIGH performing districts do what MPSD did this year. Second: What this district really needs is PARENTS that really care about their kids and get involve with their education. Many of the high performing kids in MPSD are doing well due to parents been behind the kids supporting and caring about them. Why do you do not come to at least ONE school and MPSD and HELP????
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        by head in a hole on May 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM in reply to Alien
        keep your head in a hole. what the district need is to get rid of burned-out staff
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