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Dept. of Education: Pandemic greatly impacted state scores in Mississippi

On Thursday the MDE published the statewide results from the 2020-21 Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP).

Posted: Sep 23, 2021 12:00 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2021 12:11 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The state department of education (MDE) says the pandemic greatly impacted statewide assessment scores.

On Thursday the MDE published the statewide results from the 2020-21 Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP).

MAAP measures student performances in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and in English II (high school) and Algebra I (high school).

For the first time since MAAP tests were first administered in 2016, student proficiency decreased in math and ELA.

Students were last tested in 2019 and reached an all-time high level of proficiency in math and ELA, according to the MDE.

Since then, statewide levels fell in all grades except grade 8 ELA, which increased by 0.1%.

  • In math, there was a 12.3% decrease from 2019’s score (47.4%) to 2021’s score (35.1%).
  • In ELA, there was a 6.7% decrease from 2019 (41.6%) to 2021 (34.9%).

Due to COVID disruptions, third-grade students were not required to meet a passing score on the reading assessment to be promoted to fourth grade. However, they still had to meet all other district requirements for promotion.

The same went for high school students in Algebra I, English II, Biology and U.S. History.

“The disruption and stress caused by COVID-19 has had an impact on student performance in every state in the country and the impact has been more marked in mathematics than in English Language Arts,” Mississippi State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright said. “I am proud of the way Mississippi students, families, teachers and school leaders persevered through the most challenging school year of their lives.”

Before the pandemic, statewide scores increased every year since MAAP tests were first administered in 2016. According to the MDE, by 2019, Mississippi had become a national leader in education because students were making faster progress than nearly every other state.

“This year establishes a new baseline for statewide assessments,” Wright said. “As the world moves to recover from the pandemic, I am confident Mississippi students will progress just as rapidly as they did before.”

Thursday's results also included the participation rates for the tests. The overall rate was 96.9%, close to the 98%-99% rates of previous years, per MDE.

Open the links below to view the results for each school and district.

Note: The test results are scored on a Level 1-5 table, from lowest to highest scores.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 497379

Reported Deaths: 9907
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34085530
DeSoto31806398
Hinds31796621
Jackson24303377
Rankin21852387
Lee15413233
Madison14513278
Jones13770241
Forrest13401250
Lauderdale11936314
Lowndes10908184
Lamar10461135
Pearl River9428237
Lafayette8450137
Hancock7690126
Washington7361156
Oktibbeha7110129
Monroe6713173
Warren6635175
Neshoba6606204
Pontotoc6603101
Panola6458131
Marshall6378132
Bolivar6264145
Union595194
Pike5780152
Alcorn5630100
Lincoln5416134
George490479
Scott470698
Tippah464981
Prentiss464181
Leflore4626143
Itawamba4590104
Adams4570119
Tate4539109
Copiah444691
Simpson4419116
Wayne438572
Yazoo437586
Covington427194
Sunflower4215104
Marion4206107
Coahoma4114104
Leake407287
Newton380879
Grenada3691108
Stone358264
Tishomingo355991
Attala330189
Jasper328065
Winston312891
Clay305875
Chickasaw296567
Clarke290294
Calhoun277645
Holmes266587
Smith262550
Yalobusha232347
Tallahatchie225251
Walthall217663
Greene215448
Lawrence211140
Perry204555
Amite203454
Webster201645
Noxubee184940
Montgomery178956
Jefferson Davis170642
Carroll167338
Tunica158539
Benton147038
Kemper141241
Choctaw133026
Claiborne131037
Humphreys128838
Franklin119128
Quitman106227
Wilkinson104339
Jefferson94234
Sharkey64020
Issaquena1937
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 811551

Reported Deaths: 15101
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1138721885
Mobile720161315
Madison51829685
Shelby37203339
Baldwin37018538
Tuscaloosa34853599
Montgomery33879718
Lee23097239
Calhoun22095468
Morgan20584368
Etowah19727496
Marshall18224298
Houston17270405
St. Clair15884337
Cullman15257289
Limestone15177197
Elmore14944283
Lauderdale14060294
Talladega13653270
DeKalb12530258
Walker11055363
Blount10071174
Autauga9874146
Jackson9760177
Coffee9171188
Dale8850180
Colbert8768200
Tallapoosa7028194
Escambia6714127
Covington6661179
Chilton6571160
Russell623458
Franklin5926105
Chambers5553142
Marion4942126
Dallas4848199
Clarke472681
Pike4713105
Geneva4557126
Winston4456101
Lawrence4247116
Bibb421186
Barbour355274
Marengo333889
Monroe329062
Randolph324663
Butler323694
Pickens313479
Henry310365
Hale308586
Cherokee299257
Fayette289779
Washington250850
Cleburne245758
Crenshaw243075
Clay238867
Macon229862
Lamar214846
Conecuh185051
Coosa177338
Lowndes173061
Wilcox166738
Bullock151744
Perry137940
Sumter130738
Greene125344
Choctaw86527
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