By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
The Board of Directors of the Oktibbeha County School District will receive an update from school administrators on student achievement for the second quarter of the school year during its regular meeting tonight.
The district has a goal of 75 percent proficiency rate amongst their students. Oktibbeha County Superintendent James Covington said each of the schoolâ€™s principals would be on hand at the meeting to tell the board if their school is reaching the goal and how they will continue to make improvements.
The Oktibbeha County high schools will finish state testing for algebra I, U.S. history and biology this week. The test scores, which wonâ€™t be released until next year, will have an impact on each high schoolâ€™s Quality Distribution Index score and their state ranking. For the 2010-2011 school year, West Oktibbeha County High School was ranked low performing, while East Oktibbeha County High School was ranked as failing.
Covington has remained confident the district could turn those scores around with the addition of the new Easy Test Tracker system. The system allows teachers to track the performance of each student in their class to see their strengths and weaknesses. Using that data, teachers can make changes to ensure the students are understanding concepts and learning the curriculum.
The board will also discuss the districtâ€™s travel policy and right-of-way easement during tonightâ€™s meeting.
The meeting will take place at the county school building at 106 Main St. at 6 p.m.