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Ferguson: Overall scores better this year
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Jul 17, 2014 | 182 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When test scores are released next month, the Carroll County School District will likely have shown improvement from the previous year, according to Superintendent Billy Joe Ferguson.

At their monthly meeting, on Monday in North Carrollton, Ferguson informed the Carroll County School Board that the district has improved in their scores.

“On initial data, which is not yet clean, it indicates we have improved,” Ferguson said. “Overall, the scores are better than last year’s.”

The test scores, which have not been released from the Mississippi Department of Education, are a ranking of school districts. Schools are ranked from highest to lowest by grades of A through F. It serves as an annual report on where each of the districts stands. Last year the Carroll County School District received an overall “D” grade from the state. The Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition (MCT2) is given to students in grades 3 through 8 in Language Arts and Mathematics. High School students take subject area tests in algebra, biology, U.S. History and English, all of which is a requirement to pass in order to receive a diploma. The test was taken by Carroll County School District students in May.

The MCT2 was first implemented during the 2007-08 school year to assess the state's more rigorous curriculum standards for language arts and mathematics. The revised curriculum standards are based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and other national standards.

Each was rated in one of four categories – advanced, proficient, basic and minimal - according to the Mississippi Department of Education.

Ferguson said the test scores are embargoed, which disallows him to release data. He said informing the board about the overall improvement was a good feeling, knowing how hard everyone worked.

“It felt good to inform them about the scores,” Ferguson said. “Of course we don’t have any data yet, but it’s good to know we did better this year.”

• The school board voted 5-0 to write a letter to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors about a sink hole near the J.Z. George Football Stadium. The board stated they will ask county leaders to help alleviate, “the dangerous hole.”

• The board agreed on an August 1 walk through of all three schools prior to the Aug. 7 start of school.

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