Hattiesburg High School failed to meet progress standards

By Karrie Leggett

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg high school failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards for the fourth consecutive year, but that doesn't mean that progress isn't being made.

According to Edna Thomas, the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Adequate Yearly Progress is a federal model that requires students to meet a certain level of proficiency and growth.

For Hattiesburg High four subgroups of students failed to meet standards last year which put the school in school improvement status. This year only one subgroup of students failed, which Thomas says means the measures taken since last year to improve are working.

"There's been great improvement, but we still didn't see enough growth. So, we are trying to do some things specifically targeting those students. So, what we've done we have brought in some consultants who are going to focus on working with our principals and our teachers. Coach them towards getting our students to be more proficient, but we've also brought in consultants specific to the subgroup that meet growth so that we can look at those targeted areas. And then do things specific to those children's needs to get them where they need to be," said Thomas.

Thomas says the school district will know at the end of the month whether they will receive improvement funds.