Not pleased with the most recent state test results, one city alderman said it’s time for the city schools to either improve or get rid of what he says are incompetent teachers.
“They need to be fired,” said Alderman Aubry Brent Jr., pounding the podium during last week’s town hall meeting.
The Mississippi Department of Education recently administered a multi-state test meant to measure achievement under new academic standards.
The test results showed that nearly half of Mississippi high school students met or exceeded expectations in English last year, while about 27 percent did so in Algebra I.
Within the Yazoo City Municipal School District, 24 percent met or exceeded expectations in English II. However, zero percent met or exceeded expectations in Algebra I.
“At Yazoo City High School, not a single kid passed (algebra),” Brent said. It’s not rocket science. The first thing is (as teachers) you have to know your subject matter. Second, you have to love kids.”
Brent is also a former instructor within the district.
“I did it for 42 years, but it hurt my feelings when those results came back and not one single kid passed Algebra I,” Brent said. “They need to be fired.”
In the neighboring Yazoo County School District, ten percent of the students met or exceeded expectations in Algebra I; forty percent in English II.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of Colleges and Careers test results for third through eighth grades will be released on Dec. 17. The A-to-F school accountability grades will released next year.