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JPS third graders make academic improvements

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Public Schools are being forced to cut their budget 0.43 percent due to state funding. However, Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray said despite the money concerns, student academic performance within JPS is shining bright.

Dina Owens said, "The goal was to increase student achievement and community involvement."

The third grade reading gate was a highly controversial test thousands of students failed when taking it for the first time.

Since the testing last year, JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray said the first time passage rate has increased by eight percent this year.

Owens said, "What we did to reach that was we had our teachers come in and sit down looking at the numbers. We talked to our students about where they were and told them exactly what they needed to do to make improvements and they worked on their instructional plans to get there."

First year Principal at Raines Elementary School, Dina Owens, came into the rebooted school changing formats.

While Superintendent Dr. Gray said some notable schools include Isable, French Elementary and Woodville Heights, the numbers from Raines were on top.

Dr. Cedrick Gray said, "The real good news happened right here in this building. This year under the guidance, leadership, and direction of Principal Owens, Raines Elementary School increased its passage rate by over 34%."

Owens added, "It made me feel very proud. Not for myself, but for my students that worked really hard, my staff that spend so much dedicated time, and then our parents."

Within JPS, 19 of the 39 elementary schools met or passed the 80% first time pass rate goal of the literacy test.

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