And are they so good that parents don't deserve to choose a better school for their children?
A "Successful" rating means almost nothing in terms of letting parents and taxpayers know how well their schools and districts are faring. The whole rating system and the results it produces needs to be audited. The Department of Education has neglected to do that for at least the past three years. Also, our schools and districts should be graded A through F rather than using nebulous, confusing labels.
But regardless of the rating assigned to a district or school, parents should be allowed to choose a school that best meets their children's needs. Even in good districts and schools, there are children whose needs could better be met in a different setting than the one to which the government has assigned them.
Charter schools should be allowed in any district where there is sufficient demand. And that demand should be measured by parents' interest, not by the predictions of district leaders who fear competition.
Mississippi District and School Ratings Sorted by County - click here.
Mississippi School Districts Sorted by QDI Achievement Scores - click here.
Mississippi Schools Sorted by QDI Achievement Scores - click here.
Analysis by Mississippi Center for Public Policy.
Original source: Mississippi Dept of Education Accountability Results, http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/Accountability_Results_Final_2011.xls