October 20, 2016—The Oxford School District (OSD) has literally taken the district vision statement “First in Class—The Oxford Way” to a new level. Today, state education officials released statewide accountability ratings with the Oxford School District earning the top spot in the 2015-2016 Accountability Results. Mississippi’s school grading system is designed to inform parents and communities how well their schools and districts are educating students.
“Our students, teachers, staff and administrators earned this first-place ranking,” said OSD Superintendent Brian Harvey. “They have worked tirelessly with a steadfast determination to be the best public school district in the state.”
Harvey added that to achieve the highest school district accreditation ranking in the state during the first year of new state test results speaks volumes about the caliber of Oxford students, teachers, faculty and staff.
“We are very proud of our students, teachers, administrators and all district staff who support our efforts,” said Harvey. “A 13-percent gain in mathematics proficiency and an over six-percent gain in English Language Arts proficiency highlight our improvement in student achievement. Our ACT, Advanced Placement and dual enrollment scores also played a large role in our district’s success. However, even though we received the most points on the accountability model, we realize that we still have many students who are struggling, and we are working to bring all students to proficiency, so that they can achieve their full potential.”
In the 2015-2016 Accountability Results, the district earned an “A” accountability letter grade with a total score of 745 points. Schools receive points for performance and growth on statewide assessments and for their graduation rate.
Oxford school parents can play a part in their child’s educational journey in several ways:
Each year, Oxford schools strive for an “A” designation. The breakdown of each school’s 2015-2016 accountability ratings are:
|Oxford Elementary School||A|
|Della Davidson Elementary School||A|
|Oxford Intermediate School||B|
|Oxford Middle School||A|
|Oxford High School||A|
The A-F grading system is a way to identify how well students are performing in school, especially on tests and assignments. For school or district grades, several factors are taken into consideration. Such factors include how well students perform on state tests, whether students are showing improvement on those tests from year to year and whether students are graduating within four years. The system also factors in how well schools are helping their lowest-achieving students make progress toward proficiency.
Grades are assigned to schools based on points earned. Schools earn points in several categories, such as performance, growth and graduation rate.
The 2015-2016 Accountability Results mark a new starting point for schools and districts and cannot be compared to previous accountability results because new measures have been included this year and students took a new test. Mississippi students are taking more challenging tests than in years past. Also, students are being held at a much higher standard, so they can be successful in college or the workforce.
Visit the Oxford School District online at www.oxfordsd.org for more information on accountability results; parents can also find resources on the district website that will offer info on how to have a more active role in their child’s educational journey.