HOUSTON – Three schools in Houston have been recognized for improving their academic scores consistently and over a period of two years by the Mississippi Association of Professional Educators.
Houston High School, Houston Middle School and Houston Upper Elementary School were recently honored by PREPS for numerically proven increases in test scores. The honors and awards were presented 2014 PREPS-MAPE conference on March 19-20 at Pearl River Resort.
“These are not just awards that are handed out by the state to say you have won an award,” said Houston School Superintendent Dr. Steve Coker. “This is data-driven ranking of our school with other schools of a similar size and demographic.”
Houston High School won their award for scores on the SATP U.S. History, with Principal Buz Boyer accepting.
Houston Middle School won their award for scores SATP Algebra 1, with Principal Tony Horton accepting.
Houston Upper Elementary School won their award for SATP Language Arts, with Principal John Ellison accepting.
“This award is for our teachers,” said Ellison. “They are the people in the classroom everyday, teaching students and making sure our students are learning. These awards are not possible without their consistent effort.
The Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools (PREPS), Inc. is a private non-profit consortium of school districts whose purpose is to develop and implement educational products and services that help manage and support districts’ efforts to demonstrate improvement in their instructional programs.
PREPS is supported by the College of Education at Mississippi State University and is housed in the Center for Educational Partnerships, the service division of the college. Collaboration among member districts enables the districts to benefit from the development of products and services that no single district is capable of developing alone.
The MAPE conference saw community leaders from throughout Mississippi attended the event The conference included keynote presentations and sessions addressing the latest topics of interest for today’s classrooms.
“There was a lot of discussion on changes brought about by Common Core,” said Coker. “Teachers, administrators and leaders from across the state were at this meeting and it was great to see Houston schools recognized.
PREPS Value Added analysis began in June 1997. This analysis allows for valid comparisons of educational performance, taking into account the impact of differences in the socioeconomic background of the students considered in the research. The model is used in the PREPS Value Added Awards Program to identify high performing schools among Mississippi districts.
Schools which are adding value are those which are considered to be performing significantly better than other schools with comparable socioeconomic circumstances.
There were approximately 1,000 Mississippi schools whose assessment results, and accountability results were collected for the 2010-2011 school year.