Lee County is ranked Successful, the third highest of seven levels. Tupelo is ranked Academic Watch, the fourth highest level.
Both districts had the same Quality of Distribution Index of 162. The QDI is based upon student scores on last spring's state tests. The difference between the two districts was that Lee County met its growth target and Tupelo didn't. By meeting its growth target, Lee County was bumped up one level.
Tupelo improved its QDI by three points, while Lee County improved its by four points.
Both districts had several schools ranked High Performing, the second highest level in the rankings. In Lee County, Guntown Middle, Mooreville High, Mooreville Middle, Saltillo Elementary and Salitllo High earned that distinction.
In Tupelo, Lawndale Elementary was named High Performing.
The state board of education is expected to approve the rankings and make them official at its meeting on Friday.
Chart with complete scores from around Northeast Mississippi in today's NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.