MDE set to release test scores
JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will release and discuss the 2014-15 statewide and district test scores in English II and Algebra I during a special-called meeting of the Mississippi Board of Education.
The Board is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. Thursday in the South Pointe Business Park (former WorldCom building) in the fourth floor multipurpose room.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) released test scores for English language arts and mathematics to states in two phases. MDE received final high school data files on Oct. 14. The results for third through eighth grades are scheduled to be discussed at the Board of Education’s regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 17.
The results are expected to show the number of students considered ready for college and careers will be low because students must reach a higher bar than on former state tests. As with any change in standards and assessments, there is a period of transition as students adjust to higher expectations.
Districts are scheduled to receive individual paper take-home reports for high school students in early November, while student score reports for elementary and middle school students are expected to arrive in districts by late November.
According to PARCC, students scoring Level 4 or 5 are meeting or exceeding expectations. The scores suggest that students have a thorough understanding of grade-level content and are on the right track to being ready for college-level coursework. Students scoring at Level 3 are approaching expectations and know a significant amount of content, but may need additional assistance in mastering all aspects of the standards. Students scoring a Level 1 or 2 need more assistance in learning the content and are in need of greater supports.