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JPS one of 19 failing school districts in Mississippi

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

School ratings for each district for the 2015-2016 school year have been released by the Mississippi Department of Education.

Nineteen school districts in the state received a failing grade. The Jackson Public School District is one of them.

JPS released this statement after the ratings were released: 

The Jackson Public School District is disappointed about the downgrade to its letter grade based on the results from the Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP). Despite the inconsistency of state testing over the past three years, increased rigor of the MAP tests, combined with changed standards for what is considered a passing school and a failing school, we expected to perform much better.

However, there are still reasons for optimism. For example, 27.4 percent of our schools are rated C or above. This is a clear illustration that our students are capable of excelling on the new assessments. We are very proud of those 16 schools. We congratulate Baker Elementary, Davis Magnet IB Elementary, Power APAC Elementary and Bailey APAC Middle School for exemplifying academic excellence as A schools. We will build on their success and share their best practices among our schools. The administration is working closely with all of our schools to identify areas that we can improve and implement innovative strategies to increase academic achievement.

The remaining data is glaring. To go from a District with only 3.5 percent of its schools labeled F to 36.2 percent, is indeed significant and a number that is not acceptable. We are still analyzing the data to pinpoint what happened, but we know that 24 percent of our schools increased at least one letter grade from last year. We also know that 40 percent of our schools dropped at least one letter grade.

As Board members, we have the fiduciary responsibility to our students, parents, taxpayers and community to hold the administration accountable for these results. Therefore, the Board plans to hold an October 28, 2016, meeting to evaluate the superintendent and our leadership team to discern what happened, and how the administration plans to improve student performance. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Board room located at 621 South State Street.

I believe our teachers are our strengths. I am confident that they, along with all other JPS employees will rise to the occasion. 

School districts with an F grade:

  • Okolona Separate School District
  • Yazoo City Municipal School District
  • Natchez-Adams School District
  • Holmes County School District
  • Canton Public School District
  • Jackson Public School District
  • Clarksdale Municipal School District
  • Greenville Public Schools
  • Kemper County School District
  • Amite County School District
  • Wilkinson County School District
  • Quitman Count School District
  • Humphreys County School District
  • Coahoma County School District
  • Claiborne County School District
  • Leland School District
  • Noxubee County School District 
  • Montgomery County School District
  • Jefferson County School District 

Fourteen school districts received an A, including the Rankin County School District, the Madison County School District and the Clinton Public School District.

The full report here:

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