PETAL, MS (WDAM) - School superintendents in Petal and Lamar County are reacting to the release of 2011-2012 accountability ratings from the Mississippi Department of Education. The ratings are a ranking and grading of the state's schools, based on standardized testing and other factors.
Petal Schools achieved an overal B rating, with three of the district's four schools receving an A rating.
Petal High School and Petal Middle School repeated as A level schools. Added to that list this year was Petal Elementary School. Petal Upper Elementary School received a C rating. Last year, the district received an overall STAR rating.
"We want all of our schools to be A schools," said Jack Linton, assistant superintendent for Petal Schools. "So, we're working toward that and I believe that is very doable in the future for us," Linton said.
The Petal School District has about 4,000 students.
Like Petal, The Lamar County School District also received an overall B rating, with three of its 10 schools also achieving an A status.
Those schools were Oak Grove High School, Oak Grove Middle School and, for the 4th year in a row, Sumrall High School.
Four schools received B ratings, three received C ratings and one school, Purvis Middle School, received a D rating.
"We also had some schools that made some gains from last year," said Dr. Ben Burnett, Lamar County school superintendent. "Baxterville made some significant gains, Purvis High School has moved up to be a high-performing school. We're very proud of that," Burnett said.
Lamar County has 9,400 students in its schools, with 1,000 new students attending this year.