Mississippi students took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test during the 2014-2015 school year. The recently released results by state education officials for the garnered positive accolades for some Oxford High School students.
Oxford High School students who scored the highest possible score of 850 on the English II subject area of the state assessments are (front row, left to right) Carter Diggs, Ruth Hogue, Madeline Henderson, Susanna Cassisa, Sylvia Culpepper, (back row, left to right) Scott Brown, Shelby Goza, Sean Brown, Dylan Howard and Nitin Ankisetty.
The PARCC tests measure whether students are meeting new, higher academic standards and mastering the knowledge and skills they need to progress in their K-12 education and beyond. They test more complex skills like critical-thinking, persuasive writing, and problem-solving. This was the first and last time Mississippi used the PARCC test. The same college-and career-ready standards that have been used over the last several years will continue to be taught, but the state will begin administering the Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP) instead of PARCC this school year and will continue for the next several years.