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08/18/05

Did Coast Schools Make The Grade

Teachers, parents and students across Mississippi are learning if their school and district excelled or failed on two very important tests. The state Department of Education released results from The Mississippi Curriculum Test and the Subject-Area Testing Program. Overall, most school districts in South Missisippi saw dramatic improvements in test scores.

The results are significant, because they'll be used to rate each school and determine if they meet the federal "No Child Left Behind Standards". Youngsters in Pass Christian have reason to celebrate these days. Based on results from the latest Mississippi Curriculum Test, it seems the Pass Christian School District has the smartest 2nd graders in South Mississippi. They scored the highest average on all three tests -- Reading, Language and Math. At the 3rd grade level, schools at the east side of the coast rose to the top.

Third graders in Ocean Springs had the highest scores in Reading and Math, while Jackson County 3rd graders excelled in Language. Other school districts begin to show their strengths as we move to the fourth grade. Long Beach earned the best marks in Reading and Math, while Biloxi outshined other 4th graders in Language. Let's skip a few grades now and take a look at some impressive scores. Across the board, Ocean Springs 7th and 8th graders outperformed other schools in Reading, Language and Math.

Now, moving to the "Subject-Area Testing" at the high school level. Pass Christian out did other high school students in two subjects U.S. History and English II. Pascagoula also makes the grade scoring the highest in Algebra I. And Biloxi students proved they're the best in Biology I. The tests also measure the Profiency Level of each school. The Bay St. Louis School District has the highest percentage of elementary students who fall into the "Minimal" category, which means they have not mastered the skills needed to succeed in the next grade.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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