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West Kemper Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 460 students

 

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Posted October 3, 2010

i love the school because the teachers take their time with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2010

Our public schools depend on government money to survive and state funds as well. Therefore the MCT is mandatory and a thorn in the side of all education staff to produce good results in order to maintain the funds to keep the schools open. Teaching to test is a major issue for all educators and one they would love to see go away, so instead of griping about the principal or the teachers inability to teach children what they want to teach them, elect officials that will do away with the pass any child whether they can read or not, and eliminate the teaching to test concept from our schools. Race isnt the issue folks, its how the children are taught at home vs. what time the teachers have to teach them at school.


Posted April 28, 2010

I think West Kemper Elementary is a great school. The teachers are doing the best that they can. I believe the parent don't really understand what goes on in a school. Yes, they are preparing for the MCT test. That's what the teachers are suppose to do. The parents need to step up and help out. If we would get more involved and stop some of the darn complaining, we could have some progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

The kids at this school is not being taught much but to study for the mct test through out the school year. Teachers go on without realizing that majority of the students have not picked up what was taught to them. The teachers are cramming so much to the students all at once for the mct. The parents involvement is getting better, but the parents need to voice their opinion more to what is going on at the school to make this a better school for all children to learn better. Understand the children need their basic. Listen to them and teach them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2004

I think the principal is doing a great job. Each morning she gives words of encourage to over 500 students and employee. Most parents have 1 to 7(child) children. Now, think if we give words of encourage each day. A person's race should have nothing to do with education,but one's knowledge should have everything to do with learning. I have experience working with all races, but still I judge none his or her race, but by their character. If you want your child to be challange more in education ,then I advice you to work with them in the home. Therefore, his or her character will shine through the darkness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2004

I agree with the previous persons review. The fact that the principle of this school is caucasion and the student population is mostly African American should not matter, but in this situation it does. The saddest part about this situation to me is that a lot of our students want to do better and basicly have to go to this school. I also agree that the student expectations are extremely low. I have never seen as many students failing in the same classes as I have at this school. We need to wake up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2003

The school does not have a good parent/principal relationship, and I think that is very important. I honestly feel that the principal really does not have an understanding or a genuine ability to be sensitive to the needs of the students at this school. As can be seen in the schools profile the school is made up of about 97% African American students and the principal is Caucasian when there are only about 3% Caucasian students. Not that it should matter but in my opinion in dealing with and hearing from a number of parents it does in this situation. Also I feel that there is not enough expected of our students at this school. If there is not much expected of a child, then there is not much done by the child
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 59% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
24%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
27%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 59% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
23%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
25%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 59% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
30%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
30%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
20%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. The MCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Writing - Informative Essay

The state average for Writing - Informative Essay was 89% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
79%
Scale: % Score 2, 3 or 4

About the tests


Until 2011-2012, terminating in 2012-2013, Mississippi used the Mississippi Writing Assessment Program (MWAP) to test students in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing. The MWAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above 2 on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
18%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Mississippi Science Test (MST) to test students in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MST is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP) to test students in English II, writing, algebra I, biology I and U.S. history at the completion of each course. Students must pass all parts of the SATP in order to graduate from high school. The SATP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 94% 50%
White 4% 46%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Dekalb, MS 39328
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