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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Betty Duke

Area schools earn high rankings

Due to the results of state testing, Oxford High School was named of the few Star schools in the state for the second year in a row while Lafayette Middle School moved from Academic Watch to High Performing in just one year. The Water Valley School District remains labeled as an Academic Watch district. (September 15, 2011, Page 1)

Schools improve in many areas

The results of state testing were announced today by the Mississippi Department of Education. The local schools fared well against preliminary scores. For the full results, see page 16A in the Eagle. (July 22, 2011, Page 1A, 5A, 16A)

Drop-out rates increase statewide

The Oxford School District continues to have one of the lowest rates but did increase since last year while Lafayette School District improved its rates by over 2 percent. The state crept up by .2 to 17 percent. (May 10, 2011, Page 8)

Lafayette works to improve test scores

With state testing on the horizon, Lafayette School District is working hard to improve test scores now that they are under academic watch. (March 8, 2011, Page 1)

Lafayette schools target test scores

After being put on academic watch this year, Lafayette School District is overhauling teaching methods to get scores up for the next round of state testing that begins in March. At each school, new strategies are being implemented to improve test scores and to better track student progress. (October 5, 2010, Page 1, 2)

Test results show progress

Local schools, Lafayette County, Oxford and Water Valley school districts are well above the state percentage of passing scores in most testing areas. But all three districts along with all other districts in the state continue to struggle with reading scores. Statewide results were released today. Oxford Superintendent said that “There is always room for improvement.” (August 20, 2010, Page 1A)

County schools seek federal funds

With fewer federal funds available for schools this year, officials with the Lafayette County School District are searching for whatever is available. The school board approved a request from administration officials to apply for $321,831 in Title 1 funds and $118,568 in Title 2 funds. (June 8, 2010, Page 3)

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