Overall, area schools have shown improvement in state test achievements and academic growth according to the 2013 accountability ratings released Thursday by the Mississippi Department of Education.
There were 18 A-rated districts in the 2012-2013 school year with the Oxford School District being one of them. (September 13, 2013, Page 1A, 5A)
We’ve heard for years that we shouldn’t label people and things and now the accountability reports for state schools are out and schools are being – you guess it – labeled Star or High Performing or whatever all the way down to failing. Editor Don Whitten wonders if so much emphasis has been put on reaching certain levels and rankings that we’re spending more time “teaching to the test” than teaching our youngsters the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. (September 13, 2010, Page 4A)