RePublic Celebrates Progress, Sees Room for Growth

Today the Mississippi Department of Education released initial academic proficiency scores for the 2016-2017 academic year. While these scores speak only to proficiency levels - not academic growth - both Reimagine Prep and Smilow Prep have reason to celebrate:

  • Reimagine Prep excelled in math - outperforming Jackson Public Schools by 7 points in 5th grade and 15 points in 6th grade.
  • Reimagine Prep 6th grade students had the highest performance in both ELA and math out of all non-academically selective middle schools in JPS.
  • Smilow Prep outperformed Reimagine Prep’s first year (2015-2016) in all subjects.
  • In math, Reimagine Prep's 6th grade math proficiency rates went up 15 points from 5th grade to 6th grade, meaning that this same cohort of students improved by 15 points from the 15-16 to 16-17 school year.

We've included two graphs below to illustrate point two:

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As an organization, RePublic is celebrating our success, but also deeply examining practices in areas where we fell short of our own expectations - especially in literacy. We know that our students are capable of achieving at higher levels. In addition to identifying promising practices internally, RePublic is eager to learn from our partners in this work who are excelling in serving Jackson’s students.

We look forward to the release of full accountability results, to include growth measures, later this fall to better understand how RePublic students performed. Last year, Reimagine Prep’s math growth was in the top 6% statewide, and its math growth for its lowest-performing students was in the top 3% statewide.