Brookhaven school makes big improvement in state scoring

Published 3:58 pm Thursday, August 24, 2023

Brookhaven elementary students have increased their statewide assessment scores.

School district Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Jessica Broome said Mamie Martin Elementary made greater gains in scores in the past school year than all but six other schools statewide, including schools that are traditionally high performers.

At the end of school year 2020-2021, Mamie Martin students had an overall score of 670, which grew to 677 the following year. The state benchmark is 681, which places students on a trajectory to be ready for grade 3. The state average in 2021-2022 was 686. In the 2022-2023 year, however, the state average increased to 695 and Mamie Martin’s score climbed to 714.

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Of the total 198 students tested, nearly 75 earned a perfect score on a single test. In eighth-grade science, one student earned a perfect score. In English Language Assessment, 18 students earned perfect scores; and in mathematics, 55 students achieved perfect scores.

Broome said the efforts of the students and teachers called reminded her of a Bible passage found in Galatians 6:9 — “And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap if we faint not.”

Complete scores will not be released to the public by the Mississippi Department of Education until September.