Mississippi Curriculum Test, second edition, is divided into language and math sections; students in third through eighth grade were tested in the spring of 2012

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

Mississippi Curriculum Test, second edition, is divided into language and math sections; students in third through eighth grade were tested in the spring of 2012. These scores are a part of the accountability ratings for schools and districts.
Subject Area Testing Program exams are given to students as they complete Algebra I, Biology, English II, and U.S. History. English II students also must take a writing assessment. Students must pass these tests in order to graduate from high school, and these scores are included in accountability ratings. Students took these tests during the 2011-2012 school year.
Note: Revised U.S. history exams were given during the 2011-12 school year. The U.S. history results will not be included in this year’s accountability ratings.
Mississippi Writing Test is given to students in fourth and seventh grades.
Mississippi Science Test is given to students in fifth and eighth grades.
Scoring
Curriculum and Subject Area Tests:
Minimal: does not demonstrate mastery of the content area knowledge and skills required for success at the next grade.
Basic: Shows partial mastery of the content area knowledge and skills required for success at the next grade level.
Proficient: Shows solid mastery of the content area knowledge and skills required for success at the next grade level. Well-prepared to begin work on more challenging material.
Advanced: Performing consistently beyond the level required to be successful at the next grade.
Writing tests are scored on a scale of 0 to 4. The highest possible score is 4.
Note: Schools with (E) are in the Excellence for All Pilot. They used a different curriculum than what the state tested.
Compiled by Chris Kieffer and Riley Manning

Coming up
See Thursday’s Daily Journal for a look at graduation rates for Northeast Mississippi.

See test score charts in today’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.