Biloxi schools excel in state accountability results

The Mississippi Department of Education accountability results are in and the Biloxi Public School District remains one of the top achievers in the state. 

The district has again achieved an “A” rating, with Biloxi Junior High School being ranked the highest in south Mississippi. A host of other Top 10 and Top 5 rankings were among the scores, which interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Drawdy says is particularly rewarding in Biloxi.

“With a mobile population due to the casino industry and our military community, Biloxi is unique in Mississippi,” Drawdy said. “Over 14 languages and cultures are present in our schools, contributing to the rich diversity that we celebrate in our district.

“And now,” Drawdy added, “we are proud to show the results of the hard work and dedication put in by our students, staff, parents, guardians and community.  We are all one in Biloxi, and we have the results to prove it.”

Among the milestones in the state report:

— The Biloxi Public School District is an A-rated District.

— Biloxi Junior High is ranked highest in south Mississippi.

— Biloxi High is No. 1 on the Coast in Algebra I proficiency and third in U.S. History proficiency

— The district ranked above the state average in all areas.

— Biloxi Public Schools has the highest PreK score on the Coast

— Biloxi Public Schools is second on the Coast and seventh in the state overall

— The state’s goal of 70 percent proficiency by 2025 has already been achieved in history and science in Biloxi schools.

— Biloxi Junior High School math and science scores all ranked Top 5 in the state

— Biloxi High School is No. 4 on the Coast and seventh in the state overall

— Biloxi High is third on the Coast and sixth in the state for math growth

— Biloxi High is second on the Coast for Acceleration, which measures the percentage of students taking and passing the assessment associated with accelerated courses, such as college-level courses and credit, and sixth in the state.

— Biloxi’s fifth grade math achievements are third on the Coast.

— The district currently has 50 students with an ACT score of 30 or above.
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News & notes: Council replay, mayoral breakfast, Excel By 5

Council meeting video replay: The Biloxi City Council held a regular scheduled meeting on this afternoon at Biloxi City Hall. To see images from the meeting, click here. To see the recording of the hour-long meeting, also airing tonight at 9:30 and Wednesday morning at 9:30 on BTV, click here.

Breakfast with the Mayor: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will give a chamber audience and update on city issues Wednesday morning at the Golden Nugget. The event is free and will began at 8 a.m.

Trip to Wonderland: Biloxi Excel By 5 will hold its annual event, Take a Trip to Wonderland, on Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lopez School. The event is free and open to ages 5 and younger. For more details and to see the event flyer, click here.