Mississippi Department of Education released preliminary state assessment results.
For the first time, over half of the state's students scored either proficient or advanced in language arts.
"We were very encouraged particularly in the area of Language Arts," said Director of Student Assessment for the Mississippi Department of Education James Mason. "We were able to see all but in 5th grade which remained constant, that all other grades showed growth and improvement."
Mason said this is important for a state that has struggled with illiteracy.
There were also gains in math scores in Grades 3 and 8, but a slight dip overall in Grades 4, 5 and 6.
Department of Education officials said Clinton Public Schools was a stand out district in the tri-county area.
"We were not surprised. We were very pleased," said Clinton Assistant Superintendent Tim Martin. "We work hard every year to prepare our students."
In the 2010-2011 school year, Clinton put into place new measures to make sure their students and teachers had the tools they needed.
"We had district testing along the way to help prepare and let our teachers see where our students stood during the school year so they can make course corrections," Martin said. "Where they see weaknesses they can correct those."
Clinton Public School officials were hopeful their results will move them from a district with two Star Schools to 3 Star Schools.
In September, the test scores will be used to determine schools new rankings.
"Not only how are children performing, but how have they grown from the previous year," Mason said. "These will be instrumental in determining which labels schools will receive."
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