CCSD rated High Performing by MDE

Submitted by the CCSD

The Choctaw County School District is rated High Performing by the Mississippi Department of Education. Each school in the district improved marking student achieving and success.

Below explains how each school district and school is rated based on student performances on the 2011-2012 MCT2.

Each year, Mississippi schools are graded based on performance on State assessments. Students in 3rd through 8th grade take MCT2 in early May. High school students take Subject Area tests when they are enrolled in Algebra I, English II, Biology I, and U.S. History. Students earn both a number score and a proficiency level score on these assessments (Minimal, Basic, Proficient, or Advanced). MDE calculates what percentage of the students in a school score Basic and adds that score one time, what percentage of the students in a school score proficient and adds that score two times, and what percentage of the students in a school score advanced and adds that score three times. That total is the school’s QDI.

In addition to looking at each student’s proficiency level, the assessments determine whether each student has made growth. This is done through a mathematical formula which projects what a student should score in 2011-2012 based on what the student scored in 2010-2011. The projected score is subtracted from the actual score. If the difference is zero or greater, the student “met growth”. If the difference is less than zero, the student did not “meet growth”. The differences by student are then totaled as a whole school. If the total is a positive number, the school “met growth.” If it is negative, the school did not “meet growth.”

Accountability labels for schools are a combination of these two factors. They are based on the QDI of the school and whether the school met growth. On Friday, September 14, 2012, the Mississippi Department of Education released the new State and Federal Accountability results for all Mississippi school districts, including Choctaw County School District.

For the 2011-2012 school year, Ackerman Elementary School has a QDI of 189 and met growth. This equates to an accountability label of HIGH PERFORMING. While this is the same accountability level as last year, it is important to note that the QDI last year was 167. Ackerman Elementary students, teachers, and administrators worked very hard to achieve a 22 point increase in QDI. This is an exceptionally large jump. Furthermore, only 5.4% of the grades 3-6 students at AES scored minimal and more than 20% of the grades 3-6 students at AES scored advanced.

Glen Blaine, Principal at Ackerman Elementary said, “I am very proud of the individual scores, classroom scores, and overall school score and rating that was achieved by the teachers and students at Ackerman Elementary School. The test results are just a reflection of the work ethic and learning our teachers and students strive for daily. Also, a big thank you goes to the parents for their continued support.”

On the updated Federal Accountability Model, Ackerman Elementary earned an On Target rating.

Ackerman High School earned a SUCCESSFUL rating based on the 2011-2012 test administration. The school’s QDI is 163 and growth was met. Last year, the QDI for AHS was 144 and growth was not met. Previously, AHS had an accountability label of Academic Watch. AHS had a 19 point QDI increase from 2010-2011 to 2011-2012.

Cory Blaylock, Principal at Ackerman High School, is extremely pleased with the outcome.

“I would like to thank the students, teachers, parents, community, and school district for helping make our school a successful school this year. We raised our QDI from 144 to 163, a 19 point jump from last year and 3 points from high performing. We also improved our graduation rate. Our teachers and students worked extremely hard this year and really bought in to improving our school and our test scores. We are very proud of our students’ success and I am proud of the staff and the effort they put forth for our students. I would like to thank the parents and community for supporting Ackerman High School and the efforts to improve the education of our students,” said Blaylock.

On the updated Federal Accountability Model, Ackerman High School earned an Approaching Target rating.

he school has a QDI of 175 points, a 10 point increase from the 165 QDI in 2010-2011. Growth was met again and only 6.2% of the students in grades 3-8 at French Camp Elementary scored minimal on the MCT2.

According to Stacey Johnson, Principal at French Camp Elementary, “Through the combined efforts of the school staff, parents, and students, the overall Quality Distribution Index (QDI) score increased from that of 165 to 175. I would like to offer a sincere ‘Thank You’ to all parties that made this academic achievement possible, and look forward to working with each of you again this year in order to set and reach new academic goals.”

On the updated Federal Accountability Model, French Camp Elementary earned an On Target rating.

For the 2011-2012 school year, Weir Attendance Center has an accountability rating of SUCCESSFUL. The QDI for the Pre-K through 12 school is 155 with growth met. Previously, Weir Attendance Center was divided into two schools. Weir Elementary School had a QDI of 145 and did not meet growth for the 2010-2011 school year. Weir High School had a QDI of 135 and did meet growth for the 2010-2011 school year. If the two schools had been combined during the 2010-2011 school year, the QDI would have been 140. Based on this, WAC has achieved a 15 point increase in QDI from 2010-2011 to 2011-2012.

Shane Burton, Principal at Weir Attendance Center, said, “Congratulations to the WAC student body, faculty, and administration for their hard work and determination in the classrooms and for increasing test scores and reaching growth for the 2011-12 school- year. We are proud of the fact that we have a successful school, but we are all setting our sights and expectations higher for this year. With continued dedication and community support, we are confident that we will have continued success at Weir Attendance Center in the years to come.”

On the updated Federal Accountability Model, Weir Attendance Center earned an Approaching Target rating.

The state accountability rating for a school district is determined by grouping all students from every school together as if there were one large school. Then, QDI and growth are determined. For the 2011-2012 school year, the Choctaw County School District achieved an accountability rating of HIGH PERFORMING. The QDI for the district was 171 and growth was met. For the previous school year, the district had an accountability rating of Academic Watch with a QDI of 154 and growth was not met. The district achieved a 17 point increase in QDI from 2010-2011 to 2011-2012.

Glen Beard, Superintendent of Education, said, “We are extremely excited about the success of all our schools. This is the first time our district has been rated above Academic Watch. This unprecedented improvement is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of the students, teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, and the community as a whole. I could not be more proud to work with this outstanding group of people and look forward to continued success in the future.”

Of the 152 school districts in Mississippi, three earned an “A” or Star rating, 47 earned a “B” or High Performing rating, 42 earned a “C” or Successful rating, 37 earned a “D” or Academic Watch rating, 20 earned a “F” rating, and 3 were not rated due to participating in a non-standard curricula. Choctaw County was among the top 51 school districts in the state out-performing 66% of the school districts in Mississippi.

“Any time we are included on a list with districts like Madison County, Desoto County, and Biloxi, it is time to celebrate our success. We can definitely see the fruits of our labor last year and know that we have raised the bar for this school year,” said Beard.