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2011 State test scores released: Students continue to progress

by Jessica Russell | Aug 17, 2011
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2011 State test scores released: Students continue to progress

JACKSON, Mississippi (July 22, 2011 ) – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) released preliminary state assessment results today, giving parents, businesses and communities an opportunity to review the academic progress of schools and gauge performance assessments in local districts. Prior to the release of final scores and accreditation levels, the MDE will continue to review the data for testing anomalies and work with school districts to make adjustments.

The Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition (MCT2) is given to students in grades 3 through 8 in Language Arts and Mathematics. The MCT2 was first implemented in 2007-08 to assess the state's more rigorous curriculum standards for language arts and mathematics. The revised curriculum standards are based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and other national standards.

“I am pleased that we continue to make incremental progress in Language Arts. For the first time, Mississippi has over 50% of its students in each grade scoring in the proficient or advanced categories. Also there has been an increase in proficiency in every grade other than 5 th grade, which maintained last year's proficiency level. The increasing Language Arts proficiency shows that our efforts with literacy and our emphasis on more rigorous standards are having a positive effect,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tom Burnham. “These results demonstrate that students will rise to our level of expectation. As we continue to expect more from our children, our children will excel.”

 

 

MDE Deputy State Superintendent Dr. Lynn House noted that promising gains were made in Math scores in Grades 3 and 8, which shows that Mississippi is headed in the right direction. However, there is progress to be made and a strong effort must be placed on improving skills in all grades.

“There was a slight dip in Math test scores in grades 4 through 6 and this indicates that we must place a renewed emphasis on achievement in this area,” said Dr. House. “Implementing Common Core State Standards will address known issues in the curriculum and initiate a move to higher performance.”   
 

 
High school students are assessed with the Subject Area Testing Program (SATP) on four content areas: Algebra I, Biology I, English II (both a Multiple Choice Assessment and Writing Assessment) and U.S. History. Students must earn a passing score on each test to be eligible for graduation. The test results listed below represent first-time test takers. Students generally have up to three opportunities each year to earn a passing score on the SATP during high school.

“As we continue to move to the Common Core State Standards, Mississippi's students will be ready to meet the high expectations that our schools and communities have set for them and be prepared to compete in our global economy,” added Dr. House.

 

Results of the SATP:

U.S. History – Old Curriculum/Assessment 93.0 percent passing

(same results as previous year)

* Biology I – New Curriculum/Assessment data is currently not available

Algebra I – New Curriculum/Assessment 85.4 percent passing

(an increase from 79.6 from previous school year)

English II – New Curriculum/Assessment 71.8 percent passing

(an increase from 68.0 from previous school year)

*The 2011 Biology 1 a assessment results will be available in September. Because this is the first year Mississippi students were introduced to the new Biology curriculum and assessments, these results will not be factored in the 2011-12 accountability model.

The assessment results will help determine performance classifications for schools and districts using the accountability model. Schools will be classified from highest to lowest: Star School, High Performing, Successful, Academic Watch, Low Performing, At-Risk of Failing and Failing. The 2011 school and district performance classifications will be released in September.

To view test results, go to www.tiny.cc/maars and click on search for state, district or school data. Be sure to select School Year 2010-11 for the most current results.

Contact: Wendy Polk, APR, Director of Communications, 601-359-3706

  

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