The “gate” to the fourth grade could close on as many as 202 third-graders in the Golden Triangle, based on the results of April’s Third-Grade Reading Assessment.
The results were released yesterday.
Now in its second year, the Mississippi Department of Education-administered test showed state-wide improvements from last year, but there are individual schools where the passing rate declined.
Passed by the state legislature in 2015, the Literacy-Based Promotion Act requires third-grade students be above the “lowest achievement level in reading” to be promoted to 4th grade.
The state-wide “pass” rate this year was 87 percent, compared to 85.2 percent in 2015.
Along with CMSD (85 percent), Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District’s pass rate of 82.8 percent trailed the state number.
Lowndes County School District beat the overall state numbers with a 90.8 percent pass rate. Noxubee County School District and West Point Consolidated School District had pass rates of 79.3 percent and 94.4 percent, respectively.
While 202 of the 1,530 students from the Golden Triangle who took the test did not meet the standard, those students will have multiple chances to re-test before the summer’s end.
CMSD third graders took the test on April 12, according to CMSD Testing Coordinator Bruce Pugh. Since then, the 55 students who failed have received extra time in reading based on individual planning reports which indicate where the students need to focus. The extra time could include working one-on-one with a teacher or working on computers, Pugh said.
Pugh added that due to monitoring throughout the year, schools usually know how students are doing in reading even before the test given. When a student’s reading skills are determined to be deficient, the student’s parents are notified and a reading plans for the student to follow is set.
At 93.8 percent, CMSD’s Stokes Beard Elementary had the highest pass rate in the district.
Although it continued to score about the state average, LCSD saw an increase in its “fail rate” from 7 percent in 2015 to 9.2 percent this year. Thirty-six LCSD students failed to meet the standard.
Caledonia Elementary School had more than 95 percent of their 155 third grade test-takers pass, the highest in the Golden Triangle.
The district is doing remediation programs with the students who failed the test, according to Peggy Rogers, Assistant Superintendent and LCSD’s testing coordinator
The SOCSD had a pass rate of 85.9 percent. In the past year, that district was consolidated from the Starkville School District and the Oktibbeha County School District, which last year tested at 84 percent and 75 percent respectively.
Other area numbers
Last year — prior to consolidation — West Point School District had a 100 percent pass rate and Clay County School District had a 92 percent pass rate. Both schools in the new district — South Side Elementary School and West Clay Elementary School — had pass rates of just over 94 percent this year.
Earl Nash Elementary School led NCSD schools with 83.0 percent.
Aberdeen School District was ranked among the top 10 highest performing districts in the state with over 95 percent.
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