Lafayette and Oxford School Districts considered top in the state per study

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Recently, a study was conducted by to determine the top school districts in each state.

In Mississippi, Oxford and Lafayette County are considered two of the top 50 districts in the state.

The analysis done by the website covers a variety of a variety of metrics for over 10,000 schools, highlighting the districts that have produced and fostered the highest-quality educational environments for its students, according to a recent news release.

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Oxford School District ranked No. 3 in this study, finishing behind Ocean Springs School District and Clinton Public School District. Biloxi Public School District and Tupelo Public School District rounded out the top five. OSD’s Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) scores aided in their placement in the website’s rankings.

One of the main considerations for families looking to relocate is choosing a city based on how well its school district – and ultimately, its students – perform. Some of these differences in performance stem from the additional resources certain school districts have access to, which, in turn, lead to better scholastic conditions and a stronger education for students involved.

Lafayette County School District finished just outside the top 30 districts in the state, coming in at 31. Water Valley School District came in at No. 77 out of 100.

The following variables contributed to each district’s ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. is a free online directory and portal for accessing public records and running background checks. is also a go-to resource replete with guides that help readers stay on top of their public information and annual studies that uncover the latest statistics on topics centered around personal privacy, criminal records and more.