We are encouraged by the scores from the 2016-17 school year. Although Hattiesburg Public School District (HPSD) maintained a level “D” rating, we did see increases in the overall performance of six (6) out of eight (8) schools. The District increased its overall performance by 35 points. In addition, HPSD has six (6) of its eight (8) schools rated as a level “C”. This marks a significant improvement over the previous year ratings in which one school was an “F”, four schools were rated a “D”, and only three schools were rated a “C”. In addition, the percentage of third grade students passing the Third Grade Reading Assessment, on the first-attempt moved from 77.2% to 89.2%.

We also observed growth amongst several of our schools with significant progress shown at Lillie Burney 6th Grade Academy and Hattiesburg High School. Lillie Burney increased its accountability rating by 122 points, moving from an “F’ rating to a “C” rating. Hattiesburg High School increased 89 points moving from a “D” rating to a “C” rating. Rowan Elementary increased 19 points moving from a “D” rating to a “C” rating. In addition to improving its “C” rating by 12 points, N.R. Burger Middle School certified staff (excluding administrators) will receive $50,339 as part of the Mississippi School Recognition Program. The monies were received for increasing a letter grade in 2015-2016.