Brookhaven, Lincoln County school districts get C grades from state Dept. of Education

Published 11:13 am Thursday, October 20, 2016

Brookhaven and Lincoln County school districts both scored a C rating, according to accountability results released by the Mississippi Department of Education today.

Mississippi’s school grading system considers 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, according to MDE.

The two districts were among 38 earning a C rating, which includes Lawrence and Copiah counties school districts as well.

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Fourteen districts in the state earned A ratings. Oxford School District scored the highest in the state with 745 points out of 1,000 possible.

Thirty-eight districts received a B grade, including Franklin County.

C grades were given to school districts scoring between  523 to 587 points. Lincoln County scored 559, while Brookhaven scored slightly less with 547.

Thirty-five districts earned Ds, including Walthal County School District and McComb School District.

Amite County was among the 19 school districts receiving Fs.

Lincoln County schools earned the following grades:

• West Lincoln: B (642 points)

• Loyd Star: D (537 points)

• Bogue Chitto: D (534 points)

• Enterprise: D (471 points)

Brookhaven schools earned the following grades:

• Brookhaven Elementary: B (413 points)

• Mamie Martin Elementary: B (411 points)

• Alexander Junior High: C (362 points)

• Lipsey School: D (301 points)

• Brookhaven High: C (564 points)

The following is the MDE school grades and grading scale:

Elementary and middle Schools — 700 points possible

A = 455 to 700 points

B = 385 to 454 points

C = 330 to 384 points

D = 277 to 329 points

F = Less than 277 points

High Schools – 1,000 points possible

A = 738 to 1,000 points

B = 626 to 737 points

C = 552 to 625 points

D = 470 to 551 points

F = Less than 470 points

School Districts – 1,000 points possible

A = 672 to 1,000 points

B =588 to 671 points

C = 523 to 587 points

D= 464 to 522 points

F = Less than 464 point

Grades are assigned to schools based on points earned. Schools earn points in several categories, such as performance, growth, and graduation rate (for high schools).