GSD gets ‘B’ on state report card

Staff Writer


For the second year in a row, the Grenada School District has scored a “B” in the annual report card comparisons of districts by the Mississippi Department of Education.
The Mississippi Department of Education recently approved ratings for the state’s school districts and schools.
The A-F letter grades for the 2017-18 school year were expected to be released after a state board of education meeting last month, but members did not vote to approve them.
The Grenada School District missed an “A” score by only a few points, and Superintendent David Daigneault said the results of the scores are an outstanding effort from students, teachers and administrators.
“We are incredibly pleased with the results,” Daigneault said.
Last year the school district also came in with a “B” grade, and has been two years removed from the “C” it received from the 2015-16 school year.
According to Daigneault, the Upper Elementary School (K-3) was the leading school with the highest of grades. The Grenada Elementary School (4-5), the Grenada Middle School and Grenada High School also all earned a grade in the B range.
The letter grades reflect the scores of last spring’s state tests, and the board of education was scheduled to approve the ratings last month for the state’s 149 school districts and charter schools.
In last year’s scores, the Grenada High School was rated a “B” grade as well as the Grenada Middle School (grades 6-8) and the Grenada Upper Elementary School (grades 4-5).
The Grenada Lower Elementary School (K-3) scored a high “C.”
“This year the elementary school scored the highest, and we’re thrilled about that,” Daigneault said.
This year, Daigneault said the numbers show the effort put into last year’s work.
“It will show the shape that we are in and how incredibly hard the students and teachers have worked,” Daigneault said. “The teachers, the students and even the parents, who played a major role in this, they all need a pat on the back.”
Twenty-nine districts increased their letter grades from the previous school year, and the number of schools earning an A rose from 114 in 2016-17 to 181 in 2017-18.
Accountability grades are based, in part, on how well students perform and progress from year to year on the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) tests for English language arts (ELA) and Mathematics. These tests are aligned to the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards and are administered annually to students in grades 3-8 and in high school. Overall, students showed statistically significant gains in both ELA and Mathematics from 2016-17 to 2017-18.

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