Tupelo school forums to discuss test results

TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District will host seven Achievement Nights over the next two weeks to inform parents about recently released state test data and accountability rankings.
The events will be open to parents and community members and will be held at each district school with third-grade and above. Staff from each school will be in attendance.
“If we are going to honor our commitment to honesty and transparency, we need to say, ‘This is where our school system was last year,’ ” said Superintendent Randy Shaver. “We’ll say, ‘Here is where we were good, here is where we were not and here is our plan for improvement.’
“It is a night to be open and honest.”
School officials will present and explain their individual 2009-2010 subject area test data. They will then make a presentation about changes in organization, programs or instruction.
In the recently released state accountability rankings, Tupelo was ranked Academic Watch, the fourth level in the seven-tier model.
Lawhon, Lawndale, Rankin and Tupelo High School were also ranked Academic Watch. Milam, Pierce Street and Tupelo Middle were ranked Successful, the third tier in the ratings.
“Though I am disappointed with the rating, I am enthusiastic and confident that our staff and students will rise to the challenge of this opportunity to move our school system to a ranking of Successful,” Shaver said.
Staff members from kindergarten to second-grade schools will attend the Achievement Nights at their respective third- to fifth-grade partner school. Although only students in third grade and above are tested by the state, parents of K-2 students are encouraged to attend, as well.
Individual test results will be provided to parents with the first progress reports. Parents who want to discuss their individual students’ test results will be given information on how to schedule a conference.
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@djournal.com.

CHRIS KIEFFER / NEMS Daily Journal