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Meridian school district releases report cards

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SCORES POSTED Crestwood Elementary School students Kelly Evans, left, KeDarius Portis, Toniziun Ball and Jonathan Mardis look at scores from this year's Mississippi Curriculum Test posted at the school. School-by-school report cards containing MCT scores as well as other standardized test scores will be published this week in The Meridian Star. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Georgia E. Frye / staff writer
Oct. 20, 2003
Beginning today, The Meridian Star will publish a series of school-by-school report cards issued by the Meridian Public School District. They contain statistics provided by the Mississippi State Department of Education.
Sylvia Autry is the interim school superintendent.
Crestwood Elementary School Principal John Lisenbe thinks report cards are a good idea.
Lisenbe said he is proud of his school's report card but the school still faces challenges. He said the major challenge is to move students who scored in the "basic" category into "proficient" or "advanced."
The report cards contain scores from the Mississippi Curriculum Test a standardized test that gauges second- through eighth-graders' ability in reading, language and math. The scores will be broken down by grade, race, economic status and special education. The report cards also will contain scores from the Subject Area Tests a standardized test given to high school students in Algebra I, Biology I, U.S. History and English II.
The report cards list the percentage of students who scored in the "minimal," "basic," "proficient," or "advanced" categories on the MCT.
Scores from the Writing Assessment given to third- and seventh-graders also will be included as well as enrollment information for each school, the percentage of students eligible for free lunch and the percentage of teachers with advanced degrees.
Each report card will compare schools with districtwide and statewide averages.
The report cards are a requirement of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation. The legislation requires each school district, and each school in the nation, to make all test data available to the public.
Inside today:
Crestwood Elementary
Harris Upper Elementary
Oakland Heights Elementary
pages A7, A8
Parkview Elementary
Poplar Springs Elementary
West End Elementary
West Hills Elementary
Witherspoon Elementary
Carver Middle
Magnolia Middle
Kate Griffin Junior High
Northwest Junior High
Meridian High School