Moss Point Schools superintendent outlines plan to raise scores

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - It is no surprise, Moss Point's new superintendent of schools was less the pleased about the district's low performance grades on the state's 2010-2011 accountability tests.

According to the State Education Department, Magnolia Junior High and Moss Point High received F's for overall status. Both the lower and upper elementary schools did meet their development goals, but received D's overall.

"Yes, we hated hearing that, but it is what it is. But it won't be this next year," Superintendent Maggie Griffin said.

She promises her first year on the job will bring improvements.

"The teachers are the miners. They are mining through that data to identify the specific strengths and weakness," said Griffin. "We are going to have professional development on those particular areas of the gaps in learning that we have, that's been demonstrated by that data, so then we can address that."

Teachers will also get more training to teach students how to do better on tests.

"You have four choices. If we can teach, first of all, our teachers how to teach our children how to eliminate two of those choices, we have a 50-50 chance.  Now, a 50-50 chance is much better than a one out of four chance."

Improving curriculum is also on the list.

"District-wide our Math scores were better overall on the MCT2 than Language Arts scores. We are going focus on Language Arts. But we are going put equal focus on the Math, as well as Science, because they are all connected."

Griffin believes her plan of action will be even more effective with the help of community members and parents.

"We are having parent universities throughout the district. That's when we bring parents in and work with them and have professional development with them in order to help them, help their children, help us," Griffin said.

Griffin is confident the changes will help the district work smarter, not just harder.

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