For the second consecutive year, Neshoba Central Elementary was rated an A based on the state’s accountability system for the 2018-19 school year.

The Philadelphia Municipal School District was rated D. That was improved from an F last year.

Philadelphia Elementary School raised its level to a C, up from last year’s D.




Philadelphia High School was rated a D school, up from an F last year.

Statewide, three out of four schools and 70% of districts rated C or higher.

Due to the timing of the release at 2 p.m. Tuesday, officials with the Philadelphia School District were unavailable by press time.

Neshoba Elementary marked 447 points to earn the A grade.

Neshoba Central High School went from a C to a B rating with 653 points, while the middle school remained a B with 394 points. The high school moved up 18 points from the previous year.

Overall, the county school district increased from 633 points to 641 and remained a B.

“This was the first time in history that the district has maintained back-to-back B’s without a waiver,” Superintendent of Education Dr. Lundy Brantley said in a prepared detailed release emailed to the Democrat Tuesday.

“I am excited about our overall progress, particularly at the high school,” Lundy said. “As a district we must continue with a ‘growth mindset’ so we can continue to help our students improve on a daily basis.”

The Neshoba County School District was also in the Top 15 in Acceleration and ACT.

Neshoba Central Elementary School Principal Tiffany Plott said it was “phenomenal” that the elementary maintained its A rating.

“It is extremely hard every year to show growth,” Plott said. “For example, you can increase proficiency and decrease in growth. For us to be able to sustain the amount of growth that we had and keep our proficient kids, it’s phenomenal.”

Neshoba Central Elementary School’s kindergarten test scores have been ranked No. 1 in the state for the third consecutive year.

Fourth grade teacher Jodi Williams was very happy with her students’ performance on the state math test.

She taught at Philadelphia Elementary, West Hills Elementary and Northeast Middle School before coming to Neshoba Central where she is in her third year.

“Out of 46 kids, 36 were proficient or better in math,” Williams said.  “Out of those 36, 22 were advanced!”

 The Mississippi Department of Education released the results from the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program, which shows student achievement statewide has reached an all-time high in English language arts and mathematics.

The tests measure students’ progress toward academic goals that equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college and the workforce.

Mississippi teachers helped develop MAAP tests, which align with the learning goals for Mississippi classrooms. MAAP measures student performance in English/Language Arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and in high school English II and Algebra I.

MAAP tests have five levels. Students scoring at Levels 4 and 5 are considered proficient or advanced in the subject.

Under the new accountability ratings for Neshoba Central, 47 percent scored proficient in reading, 54.5 in math, 49.2 in history and 67.8 in science.

For Philadelphia, 27.9 percent scored proficient in reading, 32.9 percent scored proficient in math, 42.6 scored proficient in history, and 41.4 percent scored proficient in science. 

Philadelphia had a 71.6 percent graduation rate. Neshoba Central had an 84.2 percent graduation rate.