WPCSD receives C score from MDE

Staff Writer

The West Point Consolidated School District received a C on the 2017 Accountability Report by the Mississippi Department of Education.

“It is what we expected based on preliminary data we received,” WPCSD Superintendent Burnell McDonald said.

According to MDE, “the 2017 Mississippi Statewide Accountability System assigns a performance rating of A, B, C, D, and F for each school and district based on established criteria regarding student achievement, individual student growth, graduation rate, and participation rate. Statewide assessments are used to measure proficiency and growth in proficiency for students in grades 3-8 and high school students taking end-of-course subject area assessments in Algebra I, English II, Biology, and U.S. History.”

West Point High School received a B, Fifth Street Junior High received a C, Central School received a C, West Clay Elementary received a D and South Side Elementary received a D.

“There are three really bright areas,” McDonald said. “The high school moved from a C to a B, there was extraordinary improvement at Fifth Street moving from a F to C and Central School has maintained a C for the last three years.”

McDonald said there was a drop in South Side Elementary’s score this year, but there was a drop in elementary scores across the state.

McDonald said while West Clay Elementary was a D, the school was only three points away from a C and still showed improvement from last year based on points.

Last year, WPCSD was a D district with 513 points, but improved by 40 points to become a C district this year.

“Overall, we are happy, but we aren’t content,” McDonald said. “We have to keep working hard with individual students’ test scores to keep improving the district.”

McDonald said he wanted to commend the school administrators and teachers for their work this year.

“They’re the ones who made this happen,” McDonald said.