Clinton students earn high scores in 2017-18 state testing
Clinton Public School District
Dr. Tim Martin, Superintendent
Media contact: Sandi Beason, APR
CLINTON — Students in Clinton’s public schools are making the grade on state mandated testing.
“There were gains across the board, at every school,” said Dr. Tim Martin, superintendent of schools. “We made gains overall as a district.”
The Mississippi Department of Education released the raw scores this summer, and will release school and district accountability letter grade ratings later this fall.
Clinton Public School District scores show staggering increases in fourth-grade English Language Arts, growing from 48.8 percent proficiency last year to 78.2 percent this year. Fourth-graders also jumped from 67.9 percent proficiency in math last year to 83 percent this year.
Another significant number is student growth, which measures whether students show a year’s worth of learning for a year’s worth of teaching. In fourth grade, students showed 107 percent growth overall in math, with the bottom 25 percent of students showing 89 percent.
“Our fourth-grade teachers did an outstanding job,” Martin said.
In sixth grade, math proficiency jumped from 55.7 percent to 73.2 percent.
Algebra I showed the greatest growth for the bottom 25 percent of students. The overall growth for Algebra I was 88.9 and the bottom 25 percent showed 98.4 percent growth. This means that nearly all students who were significantly behind their peers at the start of the school year had caught up at the end of the year.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment and speaks well of our Algebra I teachers and students,” Martin said.
At the high school level, scores are relatively flat on the Advanced Placement tests, but more students overall are taking these tests. In 2014, 94 Clinton High School students took Advanced Placement tests; this year 118 students did.
“The (Institutions of Higher Learning) recently announced that if students score three or higher on an Advanced Placement test, any of the major universities in Mississippi will give them credit for that course,” said Dr. Brock Ratcliff, assistant principal at CHS. “This saves students money and helps them get an early start on their college coursework. We’re encouraging more of our high school students to take the Advanced Placement tests and reap the benefits.”
Career and Technical Education students also excelled. At the CHS Career Complex, six programs ranked in the top 4 statewide: Automotive Technology (I and II), Culinary Arts, Teacher Academy, and Law & Public Safety (I and II). CHS had an 87 percent pass rate for the 366 students participating in technical certification courses.
“I’m extremely proud of our students and teachers,” Martin said. “We are pleased with the scores, but it also shows us the areas that we need to improve. We will use this data during the 2018-19 school year and continue to hold high expectations for all students.”