The Power of Testing and Community
Each year students here and across the state of Mississippi are assessed by the Mississippi Department of Education. The assessment is a tool used to show improvement from year to year and whether our students are graduating within four years. Assessments (tests) like the MAAP, ACT, Kindergarten Readiness, 3rd Grade Reading, English Language Proficiency Test, among others provide information about our student’s progress and our community. How our students perform and the grade of our District/Schools says a lot about our community and the value of education, which is why we need the support of our families and community members to ensure we are sending the right message to the state of Mississippi. Our students also need to know that we are in this together and we hold the same expectations for student achievement.
So how can parents & community members help?
- Parents should keep open communication with teachers and participate in parent-teacher meetings (use email or call)
- Visit the classrooms and our schools
- Volunteer in a needed area at school
- Become involved in planning school activities
- Give an encouraging word, show them you care (even if you do not have children in school)
Encourage learning by:
- Talking with your child about school activities everyday
- Insist that all homework assignments be completed
- Encourage your child to read at home and let them see you reading
- Provide tutorial assistance for your child, if needed
- Stay aware of what your child is learning (ask questions)Our goals are to see the following:
- Students perform as expected in the areas of English language arts, math, science, and US History. We want to see them become proficient and/or show growth, including our English learners
- Whether students are participating in and performing well in accelerated coursework such as Advanced Placement classes and Dual Credit college courses
- If there are large differences between the achievement levels among students especially students who receive additional educational services
We are currently rated as a “D” school district, but I believe in the power of the community! Margaret Wheatley said, “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about”. State testing begins after spring break on March 18th and will continue through the end of April. We will post dates for each upcoming test on our website. We need students at school on time, well rested, encouraged, and ready to perform! We are better than a “D” school district; we are better together! Let’s show them Panther Nation!
Article courtesy of Dr. Shevonda Truman, Curriculum Specialist/District Testing Coordinator