JDC schools increase state rating; district remains a C

Published 10:51 am Friday, September 29, 2023

Jefferson Davis County has earned a C rating when it comes to accountability grades for the 2022-2023 school year.  The Mississippi Department of Education has released accountability grades for the all districts, which show 87 percent of schools and 91 percent of districts earned a grade of  C or higher.

J. E. Johnson and G. W. Carver both earned a B. This is a significant improvement over the C they earned the previous year. In elementary and middle schools, up to 700 points can be earned. Growth makes up more than half the grade (380 of 700 points). Carver had 432 points with Johnson having 394. Jefferson Davis County Middle School earned a D rating with 318 points. This is the first score for the middle school since its inception.

In high schools and districts, up to 1,000 points can be earned, with growth making up more than one third (380 of 1,000 points).   Jefferson Davis County High School also increased its score from a C to a B this year with 702 points.

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Jefferson Davis County School District as a whole had a total score of 594. The minimum required for a “B” is 599 for districts.

The district scored 35.9 in reading proficiency, 32.5 in math proficiency, 62.5 in History

proficiency and 46.1 in science proficiency. The district had a graduation rate of 87.2.

Nine factors are considered when compiling accountability grades for schools. They are:

  • Student performance in math and English Language Arts (ELA) on state assessments in grades 3-8, and in high school Algebra I and English II.
  • Whether all students are meeting annual expected growth in math and ELA.
  • Whether the lowest-performing 25 percent of students are meeting annual expected growth in math and ELA Student performance in science on state assessments in grades 5, 8 and biology.
  • Student performance on the high school U.S. History state assessment.
  • How well English learners are making progress toward proficiency.
  • Student performance on ACT or ACT WorkKeys.
  • Student participation in and performance in accelerated courses.
  • Whether high school students are graduating on time.
  • What is not measured is how an individual student or teacher is performing.

Also, grades do not take into consideration other things a school may be doing well, such as meeting students’ emotional, social or health needs, or how well students are performing in other subjects.