How Mississippi Schools are Rated

The new school rating system has generated a lot of questions over the last few weeks. The Parents’ Campaign Research and Education Fund has developed tools that shed light on why some schools will see ratings this year that vary significantly from those in years past.

The 2016 ratings are the first under the new accountability model that are not accompanied by a waiver. Because the current model shifts the emphasis from proficiency to academic growth, some schools with relatively low proficiency rates could be rated A or B. Likewise, some schools with historically high proficiency rates may slip to lower ratings, a scenario that can occur in schools with many students who were already scoring “advanced” (maxing out at the highest proficiency level). Click here to see how school and district grades are assigned and here for a graphic explaining the academic growth component.

Watch your inbox tomorrow, when final school and district grades are set to be released. And thanks, as always, for standing in the gap for our children and our public schools!

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