Resetting Baseline Scores: Analysis of 2018 Ratings

Districts rated F in 2018 that would be rated D if 2016 baseline scores had remained in effect:
South Pike School District                                      Hazlehurst School District
Laurel School District                                               Philadelphia School District
South Delta School District                                    East Tallahatchie School District
Durant School District                                             Sunflower County School District
Holmes County School District                             Meridian School District

Districts rated D in 2018 that would be rated C if 2016 baseline scores had remained in effect:
Wayne County School District                                Carroll County School District
Covington County School District                          Quitman School District
Claiborne County School District

Districts rated C in 2018 that would be rated B if 2016 baseline scores had remained in effect:
Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District                 Chickasaw County School District
Starkville-Oktibbeha School District                       Picayune School District
Lincoln County School District                                 Choctaw County School District
Louisville School District                                            Hinds County School District
Forrest County School District                                  Lee County School District

There are no districts rated B that would be rated A if 2016 baseline cut scores had remained in effect. Rather, there are three districts rated A that would be rated B if 2016 cut scores had remained in effect:
Pontotoc School District                                            Tishomingo County School District
North Tippah School District

Distribution of ratings across categories:
Had baseline cut scores not been reset, the 2018 accountability ratings would be as shown in the third column below – #of Districts 2018 w/out Resetting Baseline. Instead, cut scores were changed in a way that made it easier to move from a B to an A (the cut score for A was lowered) but harder to move up a level in each of the bottom three categories (those cut scores were raised). The result is show in the last column below – # of Districts 2018 w/ Baseline Reset (Official).

 

District Rating # of Districts in 2016 # of Districts 2018 w/out Resetting Baseline # of Districts 2018 w/ Baseline Reset (Official)
A 14 15 18
B 39 55 42
C 36 32 37
D 35 32 28
F 19 15 21