Two South MS school districts take the lead in latest state tests

By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) – When it comes to state test scores among school districts along the three coastal counties, the Pass Christian School District has once again moved to the head of the class.

Based on the MCT-2 results from last year's tests, Pass Christian third, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth graders all made the highest scores in Language Arts. Among sixth graders, Long Beach captured the top spot.

In Math, Pass Christian third, sixth, seventh and eighth graders scored the highest. Fourth graders in Gulfport and fifth graders in Biloxi were the top scorers on their math tests.

The goal of every school district is to have the most students in the Advanced category.  In Language Arts and Math, Pass Christian had the highest percentage of advanced students, followed by Long Beach. The Moss Point School District had the lowest percentage of students landing in the advanced level.

Turning now to the Subject Area Tests for high school students along the Mississippi coast:

Pass Christian students took the lead in Algebra I and US History.  In Biology I, Jackson County students made the best marks. Long Beach students were the high scorers in English II.

Remember, these are the tests every high school student must pass in order to graduate. In Pass Christian, nearly 98 percent of students passed the Algebra I test.  And 100-percent of the Pass High students passed their US History test.

In Biology I, Jackson County had the highest percentage of students who passed and on the English II test, that honor went to Ocean Springs.  Moss Point had the lowest percentage of high school students with passing grades on all four tests.

On a state-wide level, Pass Christian and Long Beach students also performed well. Third, seventh and eighth graders in the Pass made the highest Language Arts scores in Mississippi. In Long Beach, the sixth graders there led the state in Language Arts.  Long Beach also made the top score in eighth grade Science.

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