Taylor Says 'Goals Met and Exceeded'

The superintendent of Meridian Public Schools had some good news to share Wednesday with a local civic club.

Dr. Alvin Taylor told the Meridian Rotary Club that the district met and exceeded the academic goals it set for last year.

Scores from last year's standardized tests have been shared with individual districts, but have not yet been released to the public.

Taylor said his initial goal was for the district that had been rated 'low performing' to advance to 'successful'. In the formula used, that would be an overall rating of at least 133.

"I can just say that we're very happy with where we came in exceeding our goals," said Taylor. "We've set our goal at 145 this year and I really can't go into details, but, I don't want to get in trouble with the state (education) department, but I can tell you that we've had to revise our goals and move it up to 145."

Scores from tests administered in 2011 had six Meridian schools rated 'low-performing. Two were on 'academic watch'. Poplar Springs Elementary was 'high-performing'.

The current ratings are expected to be released in the next few weeks.

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