Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LMSD School Ratings Released

Ratings for Mississippi school districts and individual schools for
the 2013/2014 school year were released by the Mississippi Department of Education last week. The 151 school districts across the state were given a grade rating from A to F. However, because schools are converting to new Common Core standards, schools that got a lower grade in 2014 than in 2013 could keep their 2013 grade, because the MCT2 state test wasn't meant to measure what was being taught under Common Core.

For the Louisville Municipal School District, this meant that the District’s grade and individual schools ’grades were unchanged from the previous year. While the District’s grade remains a D, individual schools fared well. New standards next year may reduce the ratings for schools such as Nanih Waiya and Noxapater, which were rated A and B respectively.

In addition, Louisville Elementary and Eiland Middle School were rated as C and Louisville High School was rated D.

Superintendent Ken McMullan says that in spite of the poor grade of Louisville High School, LHS is going in the right direction. “We have hired some great teachers and we are poised to do well in the new common core model. We focus on providing our kids a quality education and working with them from bell to bell and we are not satisfied until we give all our kids a chance.”

McMullan acknowledged that the dropout rate is a significant problem at the high school, noting that kids cannot legally drop out of school into they are 16 years of age. Recognizing that the tendency to drop out starts at an early age, McMullan said that it is important to recognize that this is a problem that starts even at kindergarten.

The District continues to upgrade facilities having just completed a renovation of the gymnasium at Eiland and plans to start a renovation at Louisville High School to repair and replace roofs including the gym roof, renovating restrooms and the lobby area of the office. wwm