NCLB STRONGER ACCOUNTABILITY
Mapping Mississippi's Educational Progress 2008
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Every day, we learn what works so students can make greater progress. Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage – and mid-way to the nation's goal of having students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 – we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools. This information enables all of us to chart where we are as individual states and as a nation and to map a course of action for future progress. The foundation of our success will depend on our continued commitment to the following core principles:

  • High Standards
  • Annual Assessments
  • Accountability for Results
  • Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom (HQT)
  • Information and Options for Parents
  • All Children on Grade Level By 2014
Student Demographics: Black 51.2%, White 46.5%, Hispanic 1.4%, Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8%,  American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2004-05 School Year

Mississippi Students

  Mississippi United States
Total Students 494,954 49,676,964
Low-Income Students 69.5% 40.9%
Limited English Proficient 0.6% 8.5%
Students with Disabilities 13.7% 13.6%

Source: National Center For Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2005-06 School Year

Mississippi Schools

  Mississippi United States
Number of Schools 1,051 98,905
Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress 703 (79.3%) 64,546 (70%)
Schools in Need of Improvement 69 10,676
Schools in Restructuring 7 2,302

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07 & NCES CCD, 2005-06

Mississippi Facts and Figures

Total NCLB Funding (2007): $279,509,139; a 49% increase over 2001 levels
Public AYP Release Date: August 2007
Testing System Status: Approval Pending

Mississippi Teachers

Elementary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  97.5% in low poverty schools, 91.2% in high poverty schools.

Secondary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  95.5% in low poverty schools, 87.1% in high poverty schools.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2006-07

Mississippi's Record of Achievement

Reading Achievement for 2006-2007
  Mississippi 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 90% 51% 19%
White 95% 70% 31%
Black 86% 34% 8%
Hispanic 87% n.a. n.a.
Low Income 87% 42% 12%

  Mississippi 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 52% 60% 17%
White 68% 78% 29%
Black 37% 46% 7%
Hispanic 45% n.a. n.a.
Low Income 39% 51% 10%

Math Achievement for 2006-2007
  Mississippi 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 81% 70% 21%
White 90% 87% 34%
Black 73% 55% 9%
Hispanic 83% n.a. n.a.
Low Income 75% 62% 13%

  Mississippi 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 54% 54% 14%
White 69% 74% 24%
Black 40% 35% 4%
Hispanic 55% n.a. n.a.
Low Income 43% 43% 7%

Source: Mississippi Testing Data and 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data

Achievement Trends

Mississippi Reading Achievement: In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 209, while nationally they scored approximately 220; 8th graders scored approximately 250, while nationally they scored 261.  In 2005 4th graders scored approximately 204, while nationally they scored approximately 217; 8th graders scored 251, while nationally they scored 260.  In 2003 4th graders scored approximately 205, while nationally they scored approximately 217; 8th graders scored approximately 255, while nationally they scored 261.  In 2002 4th graders scored 203, while nationally they scored approximately 220; 8th graders scored approximately 255, while nationally they scored 263.

Mississippi Math Achievement: In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 229, while nationally they scored approximately 240; 8th graders scored approximately 268, while nationally they scored 280.  In 2005 4th graders scored 228, while nationally they scored approximately 238; 8th graders scored approximately 262, while nationally they scored 278.  In 2003 4th graders scored 222, while nationally they scored approximately 236; 8th graders scored approximately 260, while nationally they scored 276.  In 2002 4th graders scored approximately 210, while nationally they scored 224; 8th graders scored approximately 252, while nationally they scored 272.

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Preparing Mississippi Students for Success

Mississippi's high school graduation rate in 2006 was 87.0% The percentage of high school students who graduate as reported by the state.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07


The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate was 62.7% for Mississippi, 75% for the nation. The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is a reliable definition for comparing across the states the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)



High School Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams

Source: College Board

Mississippi Nation
2,603
(11.5%)
698,182
(24.9%)

Options for Parents

  # of Eligible Mississippi Students % of Eligible Mississippi Students Participating % of Eligible Students Participating Nationally
Tutoring 13,647 2,290 (16.8%) 529,627 (14.5%)
Choice 31,785 71 (0.2%) 119,988 (2.2%)

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07

Flexibility Options for States - Mississippi

Teacher Incentive Fund Not Participating
Limited English Proficient Partnership Participating
Flexibility for Students with Disabilities Not Participating
Tutoring Pilot Not Participating
Growth Model Not Participating
Districts in Need of Improvement Pilot Not Participating

 
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