Schools graded by MDE
by Chance Wright
Sep 17, 2012 | 2320 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
According to the Mississippi Department of Education, the state as a whole has seen an improvement in school district performances over the past year.

This is partially due to the vast improvement of student scores in school districts in the southern portion of the state.

"I am proud of the improvements made in many of our school districts but with 66 percent graded at C or worse, clearly the legislature's work to reform our educational system is only beginning," Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said.

Each year students in grades 3-8 are administered the Mississippi Curriculum Test Second Edition, focusing specifically on language arts and mathematics.

On the high school level, students take subject-area tests focusing on Algebra, Biology, English and U.S. History.

The student tests are graded and scores are put into four categories: minimal, basic, proficient and advanced.

The results of these tests are then used to assign performance classifications for each school and district.

This year, each will receive a grade between A and F rather than the labels used in past years.

The results are also used to determine if schools meet growth standards set by the federal accountability plan, No Child Left Behind.

The QDI, or Quality Distribution Index, is one of three components the Mississippi Department of Education used to rate each school district in the new Accountability system.

The other two components are whether district Growth goals are met and district Graduation and Completion Rates.

On Friday, the Mississippi Department of Education released letter grades and performance classification for each individual school in the state and the majority of school scores in Bolivar County stayed similar to the previous year.

"More rigorous accountability standards will better prepare Mississippi students for college or career, and public charter schools will give Mississippi parents a choice in their children's education. The new transparent grading system gives parents and communities an honest picture of where their district stands. Now, we must continue our efforts to give students and parents the public education system they deserve," said Reeves.

In Benoit, the smallest school district in the state, Ray Brooks' School received a letter grade of D and a performance classification of Academic Watch despite meeting the QDI growth goal and having a five-year graduation rate of 92 percent.

With Ray Brooks being the only school in the district, the Benoit School District's classification mirrors that of Ray Brooks.

The U.S. Department of Education labeled the school as On Target.

The Cleveland School District came in with a letter grade of D and a performance classification of Academic Watch and had only a five-year graduation rate of 71.7 percent.

Bell Elementary was given a score of D and a performance classification of Academic Watch. Bell also failed to meet the QDI growth. The U.S. Department of Education labeled the school as High Progress.

Cypress Park Elementary was given a D letter grade and a performance classification of Academic despite having met the QDI growth. The U.S. Dept. of Education has labeled Cypress Park as Approaching Target.

Hayes Cooper Center once again led the way in the district after receiving a letter grade of an A and a performance classification of Star School. Hayes Cooper also met its QDI growth.

Parks Elementary and Pearman Elementary were both given letter grades of C and a performance classification of Successful. Both Parks and Pearman met its QDI growth goals. Parks received a federal label of Approaching Target while Pearmen was labeled On Target.

Nailor Elementary was not accounted for during this year labeling process D.M. Smith Middle School received a letter grade of F and a performance classification of Low Performing. D.M. Smith also did not reach its QDI growth goal. According to the Federal grading system, D.M. Smith has also been labeled as a Priority School.

Margaret Green Junior High School has received a letter grade of D and a performance classification of Academic Watch. MGJHS also failed to reach its QDI growth goal. MGJHS's Federal label for the year is On Target.

Cleveland High School received a letter grade of C and a performance classification of Successful. However, Cleveland High's five-year graduation rate was only 72.6 percent and its QDI growth goal was not met. Cleveland High received a federal label of On Target.

East Side High School received a letter grade of C and a performance classification of Successful. While achieving its QDI growth goal, the five-year graduation rate at East Side is only 70.5 percent. East Side received a federal label of Focus School.

The Mound Bayou School District has stayed consistent in Bolivar County with a districtwide letter grade of C and a performance classification of Successful.

I.T. Montgomery Elementary received a letter grade of C and a performance classification of Successful while meeting its QDI growth goals.

John F. Kennedy High School received a letter grade of D and a performance classification of Academic Watch. The QDI growth goal was not met and J.F.K. had a five-year graduation rate of 74.7 percent.

Both I.T. Montgomery and J.F.K. received federal labels of On Target.

The North Bolivar School District received a letter grade of D and a performance classification of Academic Watch.

Broad Street High School was given the letter grade of F and the performance classification of Low Performing after not meeting its QDI growth rate and having a five-year graduation rate of only 57.9 percent. Broad Street was label as a Focus School by the U.S. Dept. of Education.

Brooks Elementary School was given a letter grade of C and a performance classification of Successful. Brooks also met its QDI growth goal and was labeled as On Target by the U.S. Department of Education.

Shelby School received a letter grade of D and a performance classification of Academic Watch. Despite not meeting its QDI growth goal, the U.S. Department of Education has labeled the school as On Target.

The letter grade given to the Shaw School District is a D and the performance classification is Academic Watch.

McEvans School received a letter grade of D and a performance classification of Academic Watch despite meeting its QDI growth goal. The federal classification given to McEvans is a Focus School.

Shaw High School received a letter grade of B and a performance classification of High Performing. Shaw High School also met its QDI growth goal and improved its five-year graduation rate to 78.9 percent. The federal label given to Shaw High School is On Target.

West Bolivar School District received the lowest rating of all districts in Bolivar County with a districtwide letter grade of F and a performance Classification of Low Performing.

West Bolivar High School was labeled as Low Performing after receiving a letter grade of F. West Bolivar High also failed to meet its QDI growth goal and had a five-year graduation rate of only 73.4 percent. Despite the low assessments, west Bolivar High School's federal label is On Target.

West Bolivar Middle School received a letter grade of F and a performance classification of Low performing. After also not meeting its QDI growth goal, West Bolivar Middle School has received a federal label of Priority School.

West Bolivar Elementary School led the way for schools in the western portion of Bolivar County with a letter grade of C and a performance classification of Successful while also meeting its QDI growth goal. West Bolivar Elementary School's federal label is On Target.