MS Department of Education releases state testing results

Updated: Aug. 16, 2018 at 9:54 PM CDT
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MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The Mississippi Department of Education released numbers on state testing results from the 2017-2018 school year. The results show the percentage of proficiency or competence based on five levels, from lowest to highest proficiency.

Four school districts on the Coast rank in the state's top ten for proficiency levels.

The Mississippi Academic Achievement Program (MAAP) test measures academic growth among students in English, Language Arts, and Mathematics from third to eighth grade.

The state’s goal is for 70% proficiency by the year 2025. According to the numbers, overall the scores are below 50%. But 65% of Biloxi students were proficient in math, which is 5th in the state. Ocean Springs had 58% proficiency in English, which is 4th in the state. Long Beach ranked 9th in the state for English proficiency, and Pass Christian ranked 10th.

The percentage in the levels show the percentage of students who are proficient in that level. The levels are from lowest to highest. For example, Level 1 and Level 2 are considered low grading. Level 3 is considered average grading, and Level 4 and Level 5 are above average.

Here's a list of how South Mississippi ranked among each other:

English 

  1. Ocean Springs    58.7%
  2. Long Beach         54.7%
  3. Pass Christian    53.6%
  4. Jackson Co          53.5%
  5. Biloxi                     51.5%
  6. Harrison               49.7%
  7. Stone Co              48.6%
  8. Gulfport               47.9%
  9. Bay St. Louis        47.3%
  10. Pearl River Co    47.0%
  11. Hancock               45.9%
  12. Poplarville           44.9%
  13. Geo Co                 42.4%
  14. Pasc Gautier       41.5%
  15. Picayune              38.2%
  16. Moss Point          24.1%

Math 

  1. Ocean Springs      65.2%
  2. Biloxi                      64.9%
  3. Long Beach           59.8%
  4. Jackson Co            55.2%
  5. Harrison                 53.5%
  6. Gulfport                  53.4%
  7. Stone Co                52.8%
  8. Pass Christian        50.7%
  9. Poplarville               47.2%
  10. Pearl River Co        47.1%%
  11. Bay St. Louis          45.8%
  12. Pasc Gautier           45.6%
  13. Hancock                  41.3%
  14. Geo Co                    39.1%
  15. Picayune                  37.9%
  16. Moss Point                20.2%

The full list of Mississippi testing results can be found below.

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