Coast Schools See Higher Test Scores

The results are in for statewide common core testing. It’s the first round of results from the first assessments that measure Mississippi’s students’ progress toward academic goals.
Mississippi may rank low for many things, but today South Mississippi excelled compared to the rest of the state for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, or PARCC, test results. In fact, Gulfport School District’s Algebra 1 scores were the second highest in the state. Gulfport High Principal Michael Lindsey said, “I know how much work the teachers have put in and how dedicated the students have been. We’re excited but it’s not as much comparing to everybody else in the state as it is seeing our students succeed and seeing the hard work pay off.”
The test results were divided into five levels. Four and five indicate students are ready for college level coursework, level three suggest the student is approaching expectations and needs a little more help before college. Levels one and two indicate those students are in need of greater support. Sixty-seven percent of Gulfport students earned a level four or five for Algebra 1, something their teachers are proud of. Ninth grade math teacher Angie Estrada said, “The students, the faculty have worked hard just to make sure that we’re comfortable with what we’re doing. Students are problem solving, working in groups, everything that we’ve always done in education but at the same time, the accountability is there for it.”
As far as English 2 scores go, 49 percent of students statewide achieved high levels of four and five. Seventy-three percent of students in the Long Beach and Ocean Springs School District achieved those high levels. That’s 24 percent higher than the statewide average. Ocean Springs School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christopher Williams said, “The data really confirmed to us that we’re heading in the right direction. It’s a short lived a celebration. We still have a lot of work to do. We’re going to still provide that shoulder to shoulder support for our teachers and our administrators and just basically look at different ways to get better.”
The next round of PARCC scores for third though eighth graders will be released in December.

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