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How did your school do on accountability tests?

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Pearl high school has done what the State Board of Education wants all schools to do. Scores have gone up, and their ranking has risen from the high-achieving tier to the star tier.

"We roll up our sleeves, we work extremely hard. Our students buy into whatever our teachers are trying to do here at Pearl High School," says Principal Matthew Dillon. "Our students respond to teachers. They're getting the most out of their students, that's what it all boils down to."

According to the 2011 accountability scores, Jackson Public Schools are on academic watch. 13 of the 59 JPS schools received high-performing or star status, which are the top two tiers. But Whitten Middle School achieved failing status, which is the lowest.

Hinds and Canton Public Schools achieved the successful rating, which is in the middle. They both achieved growth expectations.

The Pearl, Madison County, and Rankin County School Districts all achieved high-performing status, and they also met their growth potential.

Clinton Public Schools is the only district in the tri-county area to achieve star status.

Statewide, districts scoring successful or above rose from 51 percent to 54 percent. But Mississippi Schools Superintendent Dr. Tom Burnham told board members Thursday that growth is too slow.

"Not too many surprises in the data this year. Little bit disappointed," he told them. "Didn't see the gains we had last year. I honestly believe you're starting to see the impact of what's happening in the school districts: increased class size, they've had to struggle through the reductions in funding."

The scores and rankings will not be official until the Board of Education takes a vote on Friday.

Click here to see how your school or district is faring in the statewide accountability rankings.

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