Outstanding GSD Ratings on PARCC Test
The Grenada School District's ranking on the 2014-2015 statewide assessment test, PARCC, has recently been received from the Mississippi Department of Education. These recently compiled rankings (determined from scores received in January) list GSD as a "B" district, with our students placing 7th in the State for overall scores! Our teachers, students, and administrators have worked persistently to implement higher educational goals and should be commended for their success!
The Mississippi Department of Education has allowed "waivers" for school districts to retain the letter grade ranking received in the 2013-14 school year during this testing transition. However, GSD's letter grade before and after the waiver is a "B", our letter grade on the more challenging PARCC test remaining the same! Our score ranking of 7th in the State was calculated without consideration to any waivers or exemptions.
The PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test was a new testing vehicle for Mississippi students, replacing the previous MCT2 and SATP 2 tests. GSD performed admirably, adjusting to the changes in academic objectives, requirements, and standards.
The PARCC test was even more challenging than in previous years, requiring more complex reasoning skills such as critical thinking, writing, and problem solving. However, the Mississippi Department of Education again changed the testing method for last year's (2015-2016) spring testing.
Mississippi left the PARCC consortium, so our students were no longer taking the PARCC test. As a result, last spring, Mississippi students took another new test, the Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP). These grades will be available this fall, a much sooner turnaround than in previous testing cycles.
This new test is also aligned to the Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards and contains a variety of test item types, including multiple choice, constructed response, writing, and performance tasks. The MAP assessment administered last spring was the third testing company and test format that our students have faced in the last three years. GSD has performed exceptionally, preparing for a new test each year for the past three years!
Although Mississippi standards and testing mechanisms are in a state of flux, GSD is continually adjusting our methods to ensure student success. We constantly adjust our methodology to most optimally prepare our students for future education and/or the workplace. Student success at each grade level is our primary goal. Our teachers, administrators, and specialists are continually formulating plans and strategies to achieve student progress.