2014 Accountability Information

The Mississippi Statewide Accountability System rates schools and school districts with the letter grades A, B, C, D, and F. The 2013-14 school year is the first year the state assigned letter grades using a new accountability model that meets both state and federal reporting requirements. The following scales were used to assign letter grades: 

 

Schools and Districts without 12th Grade or Science (600 possible)

Schools and Districts without 12th Grade (700 possible)

Schools and Districts with 12th Grade (900 possible)

A

449

518

695

B

404

455

623

C

351

400

540

D

286

325

422

F

<286

<325

<422


Key differences in the new accountability model:

  • The new model emphasizes student growth, particularly the lowest performing 25% of students.
  • The previous system calculated student growth using a prediction equation. Now, students meet growth if their scores improve from one proficiency level to the next, or move sufficiently within the lower proficiency levels.
  • The previous system included a “completion index” for the 12thgrade score, which gave schools partial credit for GED completers and other types of non-traditional diplomas. These students do not accumulate credit in the new system, per state statute. The federally approved 4-year graduation rate is now used.

Waiver Grades

The 2013-14 year is considered a transitional year for letter grades because it is the first academic year that schools were expected to fully implement Mississippi’s college- and career-ready standards. Because of this transition, the U.S. Department of Education granted Mississippi a one-year waiver from school letter grades for the 2013-14 school year. The waiver allows a school to retain the letter grade it received in the 2012-13 school year if the 2013-14 grade is lower as a result of assessment results.