Neshoba Middle School recognized at PREPS state conference
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:00 AM
A school from the Neshoba County School District has been recognized at the recent statewide conference of the Program of Research and Evaluation of Public Schools (PREPS) for being named as a Value Added School.
Over 1,000 Mississippi schools' assessment results were recorded on the Mississippi Statewide Accountability System for 2011-2012.
The PREPS value-added analysis resulted in 479 schools (364 for assessment results and 115 for QDI) statewide designated as value-added schools.
Of these schools, 391 are members of PREPS, and these 391 are the 2012* PREPS Value Added Award recipients.
The awards were presented during the 2013 PREPS/MAPE Conference, Feb. 20-21, at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson.
Over 500 educators and business leaders were present at the Value Added and Special Awards Ceremony.
Neshoba Central Middle School was recognized for SATP2 Algebra I.
PREPS Value Added analysis began in June 1997.
PREPS Value Added analysis allows for comparisons of educational performance among Mississippi Schools, taking into account (or holding constant) the impact of differences in the socioeconomic background of the students considered in the research.
The model is used in the PREPS Value Added Awards Program to identify high performing schools among Mississippi districts.
Schools which are adding value are those which are considered to be performing significantly better than other schools with comparable socioeconomic circumstances.
The Value Added analysis produces a band of predicted score performance and recognizes those schools which are performing above the predicted band.
Using MCT2 and SATP2 school level scale score average for 2011-2012 assessments or the numerical QDI score (for new QDI awards) reported by the Mississippi Department of Education under the Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS) and the school socioeconomic indicator (percent of students on free or reduced lunch), PREPS has performed Value Added analysis at the elementary through high school levels.
PREPS is a private non-profit consortium of school districts whose purpose is to develop and implement educational products and services that help manage and support districts' efforts to demonstrate improvement in their instructional programs.
PREPS is supported by the College of Education at Mississippi State University and is housed in the Center for Educational Partnerships, the service division of the college.
Collaboration among member districts enables each district to benefit from the development of products and services that no single district is capable of developing alone.
For more information, please contact the PREPS office at 662-325-3720.