JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Results of Mississippi's accountability tests are in. School districts used to be rated 1 through 5, with 5 the highest performing. Now they're rated on seven different levels.
Highest performing schools and districts receive "Star" status. Low-performers are given "Failing" status.
Most of our metro-area school districts, including Clinton, Madison, Pearl and Rankin County achieved "High Performing" status. That's one notch down from "Star" status.
Each district is also given a Quality Distribution Index, or QDI. Hinds County Schools were named "Successful", the third highest level.
Jackson Public Schools are in the "Academic Watch" status, the fourth level.
Canton schools were given "At Risk of Failing" status.
JPS Superintendent Dr. Lonnie Edwards says within the district, three Jackson schools achieved Star status, and none received "failing" status. He's proud of the progress.
"While we're in the middle, we are not where we'd like to be" said Dr. Edwards. "We won't be satisfied until all of our schools are high-performing."
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