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WV Remains D School, Other Districts Drop

By David Howell

WATER VALLEY – Results from the Mississippi State-wide Assessment System revealed the accountability ratings remained the same at the Water Valley School District while some neighboring schools dropped. Both Davidson Elementary School (DES) and Water Valley High School received a D rating, giving the district an overall D for the fourth consecutive year.
    The state’s accountability model determines performance classifications for schools and districts from highest to lowest, A-F. The accountability model factors in student growth, achievement, and graduation rates.
    While MDE released the ratings late last week, schools that recorded a drop in their accountability rating will be able to retain their ratings from 2013. That’s because MDE froze the ratings, citing a transitional year as school districts were adjusting instruction to the new Common Core State Standards, but students were still tested under the old standards.
    With the freeze, the Coffeeville School District will remain a C-rated school, based on their 2013 ratings after the district dropped to a D this year. The decline comes with a decrease at Coffeeville Elementary School, which went from a C school to a D school.  Coffeeville High School retained a D rating.
    The Lafayette County School district will remain a B-rated school, after the district actually dropped a level to a C. Both the middle school and lower elementary school received a D, which accounted for the drop. The Lafayette County High School maintained an A rating and the Upper Elementary School received a C rating.
    The Oxford School District also slipped a level, going from an A to a B level school. Della Davidson Elementary dropped from an A to a C, and the middle school dropped a level to a B. Bramlett Elementary School and Oxford Elementary both recorded a C, while the high school kept an A.

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