Baldwyn Schools claim B status, continue to strive for higher achievement
Baldwyn School District continues to rise in the ranks of academic performance. Last month the 2016-17 school ratings and test data was released to the public. Baldwyn School District was in the top percentages in many areas and showed multiple areas of growth.
“We are very proud of our students and staff and appreciate our student parents and the community for the support they continue to provide our school district with so that all of our students have the opportunity to be safe, learn, and have a chance at a successful future,” Superintendent Jason McKay said.
Baldwyn School District was ranked level B status with Baldwyn Elementary ranked an A level school, Baldwyn Middle School ranked a B level school, and Baldwyn High School ranked a level B school. The school district was just a few points shy of being a level A school district.
“We are still finding ways to improve and ways to continue to be successful in the areas we have made achievements in,” Superintendent McKay said.
Baldwyn teachers K-12 are engaging in alignment meetings quarterly to analyze test data, track students, and make improvements to the curriculum and teaching strategies in efforts to continue to raise student performance overall.
Other ways the district is enhancing student achievement is by offering mentors and tutors to at-risk students. Part-time mentors and tutors visit each school on a weekly basis to meet with students to assess their progress, study their content, and seek mentorship.
“We want to make sure every student feels like they belong to our school district, and that they have talents and skills that can be used to be successful in life,” Superintendent McKay noted.
Baldwyn School District also continues the school year as a District of Innovation named by the Mississippi Department of Education. Baldwyn Schools paired with Booneville School District last school year to offer college and career technical classes along with advanced placement classes for students. Baldwyn students are able to enroll in classes that Booneville offers that Baldwyn does not, and vice versa for Booneville students. This partnership has entitled both schools as innovative.
Performance ranking specifics
- BES is ranked second in the state on a 600 point scale, and Top 10 percent in the state on a 700 point scale.
- Baldwyn School District is ranked 18th best in the state of 146 public and charter schools taking part in state tests. Baldwyn School District is ranked the 4th B school in the state.
- Baldwyn’s graduation rate was 90.2 percent ranking them 11th in the state.
- BES 3rd grade ELA and math scores were ranked in top 50 percent in the state.
- BES 4th grade ELA proficiency level was ranked 1st in the state and performed at 29 percent better than the state average.
- BES 4th grade math ranked 17th in the state.
- BMS 5th grade math and ELA both ranked in Top 20 percent in the state.
- BMS 6th grade ELA ranked in the Top 10 percent in the state, and math ranked in the Top 20 percent in the state.
- BMS 7th grade ELA and math ranked in the Top 50 percent in the state.
- BMS 8th grade ELA and math ranked in the Top 35 percent in the state.
- BHS English II ranked in the Top 66 percent, and Algebra I ranked in the Top 51 percent in the state.
- BMS Science and Biology I ranked in the top 66 percent in the state, and US History ranked in the top 60 percent in the state.
Growth as a district
- BHS English II students demonstrated 85.5 percent growth, and Algebra I students demonstrated 55.1 percent growth.
- BHS ELA bottom 25 percent students demonstrated 94.5 percent growth.
- BHS math bottom 25 percent students demonstrated 85.5 percent growth.
- BMS ELA students demonstrated 62.2 percent growth, and math students demonstrated 73.9 percent growth.
- BMS bottom 25 percent ELA students demonstrated 56.6 percent growth, and bottom 25 percent math students demonstrated 73.9 percent growth.
- BES ELA students demonstrated 76.2 percent growth, and math students demonstrated 90.5 percent growth.
- BES bottom 25 percent ELA students demonstrated 78.9 percent growth, and bottom 25 percent math students demonstrated 90 percent growth.
- The district as a whole had 99.7 percent participation in state testing.