BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - State test scores for the 2020-2021 school year are in for school districts.
The pandemic caused a major dent in scores across the state, the Mississippi Department of Education announced on Thursday.
The Booneville School District, routinely one of the highest-performing school districts in north Mississippi, even saw a slight decrease.
"The best way to address the learning loss is to be in school every day," Booneville School Superintendent Todd English said on Thursday.
Even though the district’s test scores were slightly down, he is pleased with the numbers.
"When we got our test scores, we were pleasantly surprised,” he said. “Like I said, although they were down a little, we do see that there is a path forward to deal with the learning loss."
Each year, students in grades 3-8 take the tests to determine their levels of proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. High school students take tests for English II and Algebra I classes.
These tests were last administered in 2019, and because of COVID-19, student proficiency scores dropped in the state.
"They're not getting the repetition that they would have gotten in school,” English said of students. “I think we're seeing across the board, and throughout the state, and throughout the nation, that the Math achievement is suffering significantly because of the pandemic."
From 2016 to 2019, Mississippi's scores increased every year.
State education leaders and English believe Mississippi students will progress as the world recovers from the pandemic.
"The sky is the limit on what we can do as a community, what we can do as a region and what we can do as a state — providing we do it together. I am expecting good things in the future for all of our schools."