How Pine Belt school districts performed on the 2017 ACT - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

How Pine Belt school districts performed on the 2017 ACT

Source: WDAM Source: WDAM
PINE BELT (WDAM) -

How did Pine Belt students perform on the 2017 ACT? The Mississippi Department of Education has released the scores. 

MDE released the ACT results for the 2017 graduating class, which made gains, and the spring 2017 test administration for juniors, which showed a decline.

The graduating class saw scores increase in all four ACT subjects of English, math, reading and science. The majority of student subgroups showed improvement. In addition, an analysis by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) found that Mississippi was one of three southern states where the achievement gap narrowed between African-American and white students.

“ACT scores among graduates are rising as more students take advantage of advanced coursework opportunities. Also, testing students in their junior year helps teachers identify students who need further support to help them achieve higher scores before they graduate,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education.

Starting in the 2018-19 school year, all districts will be required to offer specialized literacy and math courses designed for seniors whose junior-year ACT benchmark scores fell between 15 and 18. The courses are called the Essentials for College Literacy and the Essentials for College Math, and some districts started offering the courses in 2016. The courses were developed specifically to help close the readiness gap for students who are on the cusp of meeting the ACT benchmark scores. The courses focus on the skills students must have to succeed in the workplace or college.

ACT is a curriculum-based assessment designed to measure the skills high school teachers teach and what instructors of entry-level college courses expect.

An ACT benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses, which include English Composition, Algebra, Social Science and Biology.

Here is a list of how Pine Belt School Districts performed on the test: 

School District English Math Reading  Science Average Composite Score Test Takers
Columbia  18.0 17.6 18.7 18.2 18.2 105
Covington 17.2 17.1 17.6 16.9 17.3 159
Collins 15.8 16.4 16.9 15.8 16.3 63
Mount Olive 14.8 15.4 15.8 16.3 15.7 21
Seminary 19.0

18.1

18.7 18.1 18.6 75
East Jasper 13.0 16.2 14.2 14.8 14.6 67
FCAHS 17.3 18.5 18.7 18.4 18.3 131
Forrest County  18.7 19.2 18.5 19.2 19.0 51
George County 19.0 19.2 19.1 18.6 19.1 264
Greene County 15.1 16.8 16.3 17.0 16.4 144
Hattiesburg 14.1 16.1 15.8 15.6 15.6 201
Jefferson Davis 14.2 16.4 15.6 16.4 15.8 120
Bassfield  15.4 16.8 16.6 17.1 16.6 48
Prentiss 13.4 16.2 15.0 15.9 15.2 72
Jones County 18.6 18.2 18.8 18.9 18.8 553
Northeast Jones 17.0 17.3 17.3 17.4 17.4 172
South Jones 19.3 18.1 19.3 19.4 19.1 182
West Jones 19.4 19.1 19.5 19.9 19.6 199
Lamar County 18.7 19.8 19.0 19.5 19.4 677
Oak Grove 19.6 20.1 20.1 19.8 20.0 415
Purvis  16.9 17.8 17.8 17.8 17.7 147
Sumrall  17.8 18.6 18.2 18.2 18.3 115
Laurel 14.6 15.9 15.5 15.9 15.6

173

Lumberton 14.9 15.9 16.5 17.1 16.2 36
Marion County 15.7 17.0 16.4 16.7 16.1

194

East Marion 16.1 16.6 16.7 17.0 16.8 50
West Marion 15.4 17.2 16.3 16.6 16.5 92
Pearl River 20.7 19.5 19.9 20.1 20.2 214
Petal 19.7 20.2 20.1 20.2 20.2 277
Poplarville 18.4 19.2 19.8 20.4 19.6 122
Richton 15.2 17.2 16.5 16.7 16.4 53
Simpson 16.0 16.6 16.8 16.9 16.7 228
Smith 17.5 18.0 17.2 18.1 17.8 169
Stone 18.2 17.5 19.1 19.0 18.6 208
Walthall 16.4 16.4 16.6 16.8 16.7 129
Wayne 16.3 16.9 17.2 17.3 17.1 232
West Jasper 16.9 17.5 16.7 17.7 17.3 91

For more information on the test results, click here. 

Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Hattiesburg police arrest armed robbery suspect

    Hattiesburg police arrest armed robbery suspect

    Friday, January 19 2018 6:12 PM EST2018-01-19 23:12:59 GMT
    Jarvis Anderson is wanted for armed robbery with a deadly weapon. (Photo source: WDAM)Jarvis Anderson is wanted for armed robbery with a deadly weapon. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hattiesburg police need help locating an armed armed robbery suspect. Jarvis Devonte Anderson, 18, is wanted for allegedly entering South Pointe Wine and Liquor and stealing a black bag containing the store's bank deposit on Jan. 15, according to the Hattiesburg Police Department. Police said Anderson assaulted the clerk and displayed a handgun before leaving on foot in the direction of Edwards Street. Anyone with information should contact HPD at 601-545-4971 or Crime Stoppers...

    More >>

    Hattiesburg police need help locating an armed armed robbery suspect. Jarvis Devonte Anderson, 18, is wanted for allegedly entering South Pointe Wine and Liquor and stealing a black bag containing the store's bank deposit on Jan. 15, according to the Hattiesburg Police Department. Police said Anderson assaulted the clerk and displayed a handgun before leaving on foot in the direction of Edwards Street. Anyone with information should contact HPD at 601-545-4971 or Crime Stoppers...

    More >>
  • Brooklyn Utility Association customers under "precautionary" boil-water alert

    Brooklyn Utility Association customers under "precautionary" boil-water alert

    Friday, January 19 2018 6:01 PM EST2018-01-19 23:01:49 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    The Mississippi State Department of Health issued Friday a “precautionary boil-water alert” affecting about 1,800 Forrest County customers of the Brooklyn Utility Association. According to the state department’s website,

    More >>

    The Mississippi State Department of Health issued Friday a “precautionary boil-water alert” affecting about 1,800 Forrest County customers of the Brooklyn Utility Association. According to the state department’s website,

    More >>
  • Hattiesburg mayor signs adoption of HPD pay scale alignment

    Hattiesburg mayor signs adoption of HPD pay scale alignment

    Friday, January 19 2018 5:49 PM EST2018-01-19 22:49:29 GMT
    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker signed a resolution adopting the new pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Police Department on Friday afternoon. (Photo source: WDAM)Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker signed a resolution adopting the new pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Police Department on Friday afternoon. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker signed a resolution adopting the new pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Police Department on Friday afternoon. Dozens of officers and city officials were on hand at the HPD headquarters on Klondyke Street to witness the occasion. The scale lists a starting salary per position and increases throughout the tenure. It also increases an individual's salary based on college education.  Barker hopes for it to be a ...More >>
    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker signed a resolution adopting the new pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Police Department on Friday afternoon. Dozens of officers and city officials were on hand at the HPD headquarters on Klondyke Street to witness the occasion. The scale lists a starting salary per position and increases throughout the tenure. It also increases an individual's salary based on college education.  Barker hopes for it to be a ...More >>
Powered by Frankly