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JPS Accountability Rating Improves One Letter Grade

September 23, 2019

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JPS improved from an F to a D rating in 2018-2019.

The Jackson Public School District improved to a "D" rating based on the state's A-F accountability system that evaluates how schools and districts performed in the 2018-2019 school year.

The State Board of Education approved the results during its September 19 Board meeting. Accountability grades are based on the results of the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) for English language arts and Mathematics. MAAP assessments were administered to students in grades 3 through 8 and in high school during the 2018-2019 school year. These tests are aligned with the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards and are used to assess students statewide.

According to the Accountability rating, JPS earned 504 points which is only 32 points from being a C. Four schools increased from F status when compared to the 2017-2018 school year. Much of the gains can be attributed to the District’s ability to identify and support students in need of interventions early on in their academic careers.

"We expect to continue to see growth in the accountability model," said Superintendent Errick L. Greene, Ed.D. "We are developing a culture here in Jackson Public Schools that allows everyone to contribute to our progress, and our growth and outcomes. Together, we will see the fruits of their labor."

Proficiency and Growth Areas

Areas 2016 2017 2018 2019 Change
Reading Proficiency 19.5 20.9 24.7 27.1 2.4
Math Proficiency 15.4 16.9 19.6 23.8 4.2
Science Proficiency 35.0 37.3 40.7 40.7 0.0
Reading Growth All 44.3 49.9 51.4 49.3 -2.1
Math Growth All 50.5 45.7 45.8 52.6 6.8
Reading Growth Low 55.5 55.5 61.0 55.8 -5.2
Graduation Rate 67.7 70.2 71.0 74.2 3.2

JPS will continue to build on this positive momentum through the implementation of several new strategies put in place during the 2019-2020 school year such as:   

  • The reorganization of the Office of Teaching and Learning and Central Office
  • New curricula
  • Monthly Professional Development Days for teachers
  • Increased coaching for teachers and administrators
  • Intervention programs for students
  • Eighth-grade expansion of Re-Engaging in Education for All to Progress (REAP) for overaged middle school students
  • The recruitment of teacher talent through our "Grow Your Own" initiative

The District remains focused on improving outcomes for scholars by transforming their lives through excellent education.

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