State Department of Education releases school test scores

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Department of Education released Wednesday the 2011-2012 accountability ratings, a ranking and grading of the state's school based on standardized testing and other factors.

The revised system ranks school from A to F. This system replaces the old ranking labels of star, high-performance, successful, academic watch, low-performing, at risk of failing, and failing.

According to the MDE, Mississippi school districts also showed a two percent increase in graduation rates, rising to 73.7 percent. Dropout rates dropped to 16.7 percent. Scores showed increases in English and Biology over the previous year, but Algebra showed a decrease. English scores increased for the second year in a row. New tests for biology and history began with this evaluation period.

The Subject Area Testing Program results were as follows: Algebra 82 percent passing; Biology 75 percent passing; English 73 percent passing; U.S. History 72 percent passing.

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