Enterprise School rated sixth in Mississippi


ENTERPRISE - The Mississippi Department of Education released its final accountability ratings for the 2018-2019 school year last week and Enterprise School District once again found itself at the top of the rankings. The district has achieved an “A” rating for the seventh consecutive year, finishing as Mississippi’s sixth rated school district. 

The Office of District and School Performance (ODSP) provides state, district, and school-level accountability (performance) measures on an annual basis. These data measures are used to help stakeholders make decisions regarding areas of improvement and need within our state education system. The Mississippi Statewide Accountability System assigns a performance rating of A, B, C, D, and F for each school and district based on established criteria regarding student achievement, individual student growth, graduation rate, and participation rate. Statewide assessments are used to measure proficiency and growth in proficiency for students in grades 3-8 and high school students taking end-of-course subject area assessments in Algebra I, English II, Biology, and U.S. History. Schools and districts are expected to have an assessment participation rate of 95% or greater.

The district accountability rating demonstrates that students within the Enterprise School District are mastering academic standards, achieving growth from year to year, performing well on the ACT, attaining college credits, and graduating with their cohort. The Mississippi Department of Education defines an “A” school/district as an “excellent learning environment where students are being prepared for the national workforce and post-secondary education.”  ESD received 723 points out of a possible 1000 to receive the “A” rating. 

In addition to the being one of the top-ranked districts in the state, ESD is also home to three of Mississippi’s highest performing schools. 

Enterprise High School received an “A” rating as well, finishing as the fourth rated high school in the state.  EHS received 804 out of a possible 1000 points.  In addition, EHS achieved the highest graduation rate for a public school in Mississippi for the 2018 graduating class with a rate of 95.8%.  (Only the Mississippi School for Math and Science had a higher rate) “We are absolutely thrilled with the performance of our high school students.  They not only showed improvement on statewide assessments, but they also increased their ACT scores, received dual-credit for college courses, and recorded the state’s highest graduation rate for a public school”, said ESD Superintendent Josh Perkins.  “Of all the accolades our district could receive, having the highest graduation rate is probably the most significant because it validates the work and effort by everyone in the district, from our bus drivers to our principals.”   

Enterprise Middle School dropped a level for the 2018-2019 school year, moving from an “A” to a “B” in the recently released ratings.  Despite the drop, Enterprise Middle School, which was Mississippi’s top-rated middle school for the 2017-2018 school year, accumulated the second-highest point total ever for EMS, receiving 424 out of a possible 700 points.  In addition, EMS saw it’s percent of advanced and proficient students rise for a fifth consecutive year.  The area that caused the decline was based on student growth, which compares student performance from one year to the next.  “We realize that the growth component in the accountability ratings is what can make or break you”, said ESD Superintendent Josh Perkins.  “Once a student performs at an extremely high level, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain growth from year to year.  I know our middle school teachers are working extremely hard to correct any areas of deficiency and I look forward to seeing how they perform this coming year.  The drop in rating is in no way a reflection of the hard work our students and staff have put in.”

The top-performing school in ESD for the 2018-2019 school year is Enterprise Elementary.  EES accumulated a whopping 667 points out of a possible 700.  This is easily the highest point total in the history of EES as they outperformed the other 430 elementary schools in Mississippi.  The MAAP assesses students in third and fourth grade in English Language Arts and Math and also tracks their growth.  The cut line for an “A” school was 442, meaning EES scored ABOVE the cutline for an “A” by over 225 points!  “To say the elementary performed well would be the understatement of the year.  Last year, EES was the only school within our district to not be number one.  It’s obvious they had a chip on their shoulder and went above and beyond to ensure each and every student would succeed”, said Perkins. 

Within the past two years, Enterprise School District now holds the distinction of having the top-rated District (2018), the top-rated High School (2018), the top-rated Middle School (2018), the top-rated Elementary (2019), and the highest graduation rate (2019) in Mississippi.  “That’s pretty remarkable if you think about it”, Perkins added.

Although the accountability ratings offer an overview of school and district performance, Perkins says there is so much more that goes on within the schools at Enterprise that can’t be measured by an accountability rating.  “It’s really just a snapshot of the school; that’s it.  We celebrate small successes each and every day in our classrooms that cannot be ranked on a performance level.”  Perkins continued, “Many times that accomplishment will have more of a lasting impact on a child than whether he or she can score Level 5 on a standardized test.  We’re extremely proud of where we are and even more excited about what the future holds for ESD.”

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