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Highlights of JPS Success From Mississippi’s District Accountability Results

October 12, 2018

The Mississippi Department of Education released letter grades for schools and districts based on the state's A-F accountability system that evaluates how schools and districts performed in the 2017-18 school year. The State Board of Education approved the results during its October 11 Board meeting.

Accountability grades are based on the results of the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) for English language arts and Mathematics. MAAP tests were administered to students in grades three through eight and in high school during the 2017-18 school year. These tests are aligned with the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards and are used to assess students statewide.

Highlights of JPS Success

Although we acknowledge that much work needs to be done to move more schools to a C or better, here are some areas of success worth sharing:

  • Raines Elementary School improved four letter grades from an F to an A, increasing by 272 points.
  • Dawson and Lester Elementary Schools improved three letter grades, each rising from F to B ratings and increasing by 127 points and 187 points, respectively.
  • Barack H. Obama Elementary (formerly Davis) is the No. 1 elementary school in the state for the second year in a row. It increased by 90 points during the 2017-18 school year from 582 to 672 total points on a 700-point scale.
  • Two JPS elementary schools ranked in the top 20 statewide–Power APAC (No. 9) and Key Elementary (No. 15).
  • The number of A schools in JPS increased from four to nine, including eight elementary schools and one middle school.
  • The number of schools rated F decreased by 20 percent.
  • The high school graduation rate increased.

A Schools

  • Bailey APAC Middle
  • Baker Elementary
  • Casey Elementary
  • Barack Obama Magnet Elementary
  • Key Elementary
  • Lake Elementary
  • Power APAC Elementary
  • Raines Elementary
  • Spann Elementary

B Schools

  • Barr Elementary
  • Clausell Elementary
  • Dawson Elementary
  • Lester Elementary
  • McWillie Elementary
  • Pecan Park Elementary

C Schools

  • French Elementary
  • George Elementary
  • Northwest Middle
  • Walton Elementary

Improved Schools

The following schools improved one or more letter grades:

  • Casey Elementary
  • Clausell Elementary
  • Dawson Elementary
  • French Elementary*
  • Galloway Elementary
  • George Elementary*
  • Green Elementary
  • John Hopkins Elementary
  • Key Elementary
  • Kirksey Middle
  • Lake Elementary
  • Lester Elementary
  • Marshall Elementary
  • North Jackson Elementary
  • Pecan Park Elementary
  • Raines Elementary
  • Spann Elementary
  • Timberlawn Elementary
  • Van Winkle Elementary
  • Walton Elementary
  • Woodville Heights Elementary*

* Schools closed at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

Graduation Rates

School

4 Year Graduation Rate
2015-2016

4 Year Graduation Rate
2016-2017

4 Year Graduation Rate
2017-2018

District

67.7

70.2

71.0

Proficiency and Growth Areas

Year Ending

Reading
Proficiency

Math
Proficiency

Science
Proficiency

Reading Growth
All

Math Growth
All

Reading Growth
Low

Graduation
Rate

CCR
Rate

Acceleration
Rate

2018

24.7

19.6

40.7

51.4

45.8

61.0

71.0

17.5

31.7

2017

20.9

16.9

37.3

49.9

45.7

55.5

70.2

14.8

31.0

Change

3.8

2.7

3.4

1.5

0.1

5.5

0.8

2.7

0.7

About the Proficiency and Growth Table

  • Reading Proficiency – Based on MAAP results for grades 3–8 and English II.
  • Math Proficiency – Based on MAAP results for grades 3–8 and Algebra I.
  • Science Proficiency – Based on MAAP results for grades 5 and 8 and Biology I.
  • CCR Rate – College and Career Readiness Rate based on results for high school ACT scores.
  • Acceleration Rate – Based on student participation and performance in accelerated coursework, such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, and dual credit college courses.

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