According to the Mississippi Department of Education “Four Year Graduation Rates” determine the high school completion status four years after students enter 9th grade for the first time.
In February of this year (2018) the State released the Four Year Graduation Rates for students who have been tracked since 2013-14 school year and expected to graduate this year (2018).
Here are the rankings of the 12 Coast School Districts from No. 1 to No. 12 achievement status for keeping students in school, and helping them achieve a high school diploma.
FOUR YEAR GRADUATION RATES OF COAST SCHOOL DISTRICTS
NO. 1 OCEAN SPRINGS—90.7%
NO. 2. JACKSON COUNTY–89.1%
NO. 3. GULFPORT——–87.6%
NO. 4. PASCAGOULA——87.3%
NO. 5. LONG BEACH——87.2%
NO. 6. PASS CHRISTIAN- 87.1%
NO. 7 POPLARVILLE—–86.7%
NO. 8 HARRISON COUNTY-85.5%
NO. 9 BILOXI———-83.2%
NO. 10 HANCOCK COUNTY–82.8%
NO. 11 BAY-WAVELAND—-81.6%
NO. 12 MOSS POINT——70.4%
I was concerned enough with the status of our two elementary schools in the Bay-Waveland District with North Bay rated a “C” campus, and Waveland a “D” by the State Department of Education.
When I read this report on the State Department website, it was heart sinking.
Our new Superintendent has her work cut out for her. We have spent a lot of tax payer dollars on brick, mortar, sod, bleachers, scoreboards, and asphalt, legal fees, and high end administrative salaries in the last four years–in the millions.
I say it’s time we started establishing some priorities that put our kids first, and find money to spend in the classrooms.
Port and Harbor Director, Bill Cork, told the School Board in the Spring of 2017, that he has employees with companies at the Port who would rather commute from as far away as Jackson County rather than live here, and the first reason they gave on a survey the Port and Harbor Commission conducted was “lack of adequate educational opportunities.”
The chart above from the Department of Education confirms Cork’s survey and presentation to the School Board.
THIS HAS TO CHANGE.
Lana Noonan, Chairman
Hancock County Alliance for Good Government
Promoting “Excellence in Education–Integrity in Spending–Openness in Governing”