MDE officials recognize schools, districts on ‘Celebration of Excellence Tour’

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Officials from the Mississippi Department of Education visited several Metro area schools Monday while on their Celebration of Excellence Tour.

The tour started December 5.

Its purpose is to recognize the achievements of all “A” districts and the schools that achieved the top score in each of the main components of the statewide accountability model that measures school and district performance.

District leaders and school board members joined Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, at each location.

“Teachers and students have experienced a great deal of change in the last few years as we worked to improve public education in the state, and they have met and conquered any challenge. It’s time to give them the recognition they deserve for what’s been accomplished so far,” Wright said.

Monday MDE officials went to Madison Central High School to recognize Madison County School District for being an “A” District. Madison Central was also recognized for having the highest rate of college and career readiness.

They also went to the Rankin County School District’s Central Office to recognize them for being an “A” District.

Two Jackson Public Schools were also recognized. Baker Elementary received the highest growth in reading among lowest 25 percent of elementary and Davis Magnet School received the highest reading proficiency among elementary students. The ceremony to honor the JPS schools was held at Baker.

Get more information about the tour on MDE’s website.

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