More "Star" schools shine on latest Mississippi report card

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - More "Star" schools shine on latest Mississippi report card

It is the latest report card on Mississippi schools. On Tuesday, the state Department of Education posted the unofficial ratings for each school district and school in Mississippi.

The 2011 Accountability Results show more Mississippi schools reaching "Star" status, and fewer that are "Failing."

Every school district in Mississippi wants to be a "Star", which is the highest rating.  To earn that, each has to score at least 200 on the Quality Distribution Index.  The QDI looks at several factors, like the latest state test scores, graduation rates, and drop-out numbers.

Based on the preliminary results, four districts in the state made the grade. At the head of the class is the Pass Christian School District.  It ranks number one in the state for the third year in a row. Pass Christian is also the only school district in Mississippi with all four of its schools making "Star" status.

The Petal and Enterprise School Districts are also stars.  They are tied at second place. And this year, the Clinton School District joins the list of "Stars".

More schools in Mississippi are also performing better. Last year, there were 54-Star schools.   This year, there are 65 schools.

After "Star" is "High Performing".  Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Long Beach, Ocean Springs, Harrison County, Biloxi, Jackson County, and Bay-Waveland are all "High Performers".

"Successful" districts are Gulfport, Hancock County, and Pascagoula.

Moss Point Schools are in the "Low-Performing" category.

No school districts in our area are "At-Risk of Failing". And none are "Failing".

Again, these ratings are unofficial right now. They must be approved by the Mississippi Board of Education on Friday.

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