HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Education recently released its 2016 - 2017 accountability grades and this year the Pine Belt has a lot to be proud of.
Petal School District topped the list as the number one school district in the state. The Lamar County School District also earned high marks, placing 7th in the state, out of 146 districts.
Even with the great accomplishments right here in the Pine Belt, Mississippi continues to rank near or at the bottom of the states when it comes to student performance. Despite gains on the most recent version of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Mississippi still ranks last for academic achievement.
The MDE grading system factors in how well students perform and progress from year to year on the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program, testing for English language arts and Mathematics. The accountability system also looks at science, history and ACT tests as well.
Consider This: There is always room for improvement, and some districts will start down that road, working to better their grades for the next year. But the Petal and Lamar County School Districts deserve some recognition for their success, and a job well done.