Ratings for Amite County, McComb, South Pike, North Pike and Walthall County school districts remain unchanged after Mississippi state’s Board of Education approved official grades Thursday, according to a news release.
The official grades come a month after the board delayed to release statewide results evaluating school districts’ performance in the 2017-18 academic year.
Amite County and South Pike school districts received an F rating, McComb and Walthall County school districts got a D, while North Pike School District was rated a B, same as the unofficial results.
Superintendents for South Pike and Amite County school districts were unavailable for comment.
Criteria for the ratings are student achievement, individual student growth, graduation rate and participation rate.
The districts’ report card summaries also revealed that Amite County and McComb school districts have two of the highest percentages of “chronically absent students” among the five districts, with Amite County at 28.1 percent and McComb at 26.6 percent.
Statewide, the number of A schools rose from 15 to 18 and F districts increased from nine to 21 “because of a change to the grading scale that went into effect for 2017-18,” according to the news release.
With the current grading scale, 21 schools would’ve received an F the previous year, as well.
In addition to releasing the accountability grades, the board also launched the Mississippi Succeeds Report Card, an online interactive tool providing detailed information about a district’s academic performance and student achievement.