Schools Have New 'Accountability' Ratings

The Mississippi Department of Education Monday released the new ratings for schools and districts under a new accountability ratings system that has been two years in the making.

Officials said the new accountability model was needed to align with the State Board of Education's goals and a new, more rigorous curriculum implemented two years ago by the State Board.

Under the new accountability model, schools and districts will receive labels from highest to lowest: Star, High Performing, Successful, Academic Watch, Low Performing, At-Risk of Failing and Failing.

In this first year of the new standard, four percent of schools received the highest rating of Star School and 17 percent of schools reached the next highest rating of High Performing. Both Star and High Performing schools are performing above the national average.

Schools at the next level of rating, Successful, are performing anywhere from just below the Mississippi average to about the national average, 27 percent of schools reached the Successful level.

"We are no longer comparing Mississippi students to Mississippi students as the old accountability model measured," said interim state superintendent Dr. John Jordan. "If our children are competing against other children in the country, then the playing field to compete needs to be level. Now, with a more rigorous curriculum and assessment to match, our kids will be able to compete in this global economy."

Ratings are based on achievement, academic growth or improvement and the graduation rate for schools with graduates. Achievement is measured by the Quality of Distribution Index (QDI). The minimum QDI is zero and
the maximum is 300. The state's QDI is 149. Growth, on the other
hand, is based on whether students demonstrate performance equal to or better than expected based on how they performed the previous school year.

At the other end of the spectrum 26 percent of schools received a rating of At-Risk of Failing or Failing.

"The public should not be surprised that with the implementation of new standards and a new accountability system that the ratings of schools and districts look quite a bit different. That is to be expected," said Jordan. "This new model also shows that we have a lot of work to do to take Mississippi's education system to the next level and continuously reach and exceed the national average. Doing this will take a tremendous effort from administrators, teachers, parents, local communities and most importantly our students. I am extremely confident that our students and educators will rise to the challenge."

East Jasper Heidelberg High ACADEMIC WATCH
East Jasper William J Berry Elem AT RISK OF FAILING
East Jasper Heidelberg Jr High SUCCESSFUL

Enterprise Enterprise Mid School HIGH PERFORMING
Enterprise Enterprise High STAR SCHOOL
Enterprise Enterprise Elem SUCCESSFUL

Forest City Hawkins Middle ACADEMIC WATCH
Forest City Forest Elementary AT RISK OF FAILING
Forest City Forest High SUCCESSFUL

Kemper County East Kemper Attend AT RISK OF FAILING
Kemper County Kemper County High FAILING
Kemper County West Kemper Elem FAILING

Lauderdale Co. Northeast Middle ACADEMIC WATCH
Lauderdale Co. Southeast Middle ACADEMIC WATCH
Lauderdale Co. Clarkdale Att. Center HIGH PERFORMING
Lauderdale Co. West Lauderdale Elem HIGH PERFORMING
Lauderdale Co. West Lauderdale Att. HIGH PERFORMING
Lauderdale Co. Southeast High STAR SCHOOL
Lauderdale Co. NE Lauderdale Elem SUCCESSFUL
Lauderdale Co. Southeast Elem SUCCESSFUL
Lauderdale Co. NE Lauderdale High SUCCESSFUL

Louisville Eiland Middle ACADEMIC WATCH
Louisville Noxapater Att. Ctr ACADEMIC WATCH
Louisville Louisville Elem AT RISK OF FAILING
Louisville Nanih Waiya Att. Ctr HIGH PERFORMING
Louisville Louisville High SUCCESSFUL

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

**Note** Schools such as Meridian High School, which did not have ninth graders taking the Algebra I test, were excluded from the list.

Neshoba County Neshoba Central Mid HIGH PERFORMING
Neshoba County Neshoba Central High HIGH PERFORMING
Neshoba County Neshoba Central Elem SUCCESSFUL

Newton City Newton High AT RISK OF FAILING
Newton City N H Pilate Middle AT RISK OF FAILING
Newton City Newton Elementary AT RISK OF FAILING

Newton County Newton County Elem ACADEMIC WATCH
Newton County Newton County High SUCCESSFUL

Noxubee County Noxubee County High ACADEMIC WATCH
Noxubee County B F Liddell Middle AT RISK OF FAILING
Noxubee County Earl Nash Elementary SUCCESSFUL
Noxubee County Wilson Elementary SUCCESSFUL
Noxubee County Reed Attendance Ctr SUCCESSFUL

Philadelphia Philadelphia Elem ACADEMIC WATCH
Philadelphia Philadelphia High HIGH PERFORMING
Philadelphia Philadelphia Middle SUCCESSFUL

Quitman Quitman Upper Elem ACADEMIC WATCH
Quitman Quitman High HIGH PERFORMING
Quitman Quitman Jr High SUCCESSFUL

Scott County Scott Central Att. Ct ACADEMIC WATCH
Scott County Morton High ACADEMIC WATCH
Scott County Lake Middle HIGH PERFORMING
Scott County Bettye Mae Jack Mid SUCCESSFUL
Scott County Morton Elementary SUCCESSFUL
Scott County Sebastopol Att. Ctr SUCCESSFUL
Scott County Lake Attend Center SUCCESSFUL

Union City Union Middle School HIGH PERFORMING
Union City Union Elementary HIGH PERFORMING
Union City Union High School SUCCESSFUL

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