Mississippi Report Card for 2001-2002
(Part A: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)
Welcome to the Mississippi Report Card for 2001-2002.
Since 1993, a report card has been published annually
containing a variety of information about the districts
and schools in the state. The report card for school year
2000-2001 marked a departure from the original publication
format due to the amount of information required under
federal law. That report card comprised a set of electronic
files available on the web and on a single CD. An abridged
printed document containing only selected district level
information was produced in limited quantities.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) was signed into law
in January 2002. That legislation requires each state's report
cards to include additional information and to be published
much earlier than in the past. For these reasons, the
Mississippi Report Card for 2001-2002 is being released in
two parts. Part A includes all the information (to the extent
it was available for inclusion in this year's report)
specifically required under NCLB and was released immediately
after all the informaton had been compiled. Part B will
include all the district level information that was included
in the earlier report cards. Some of that information is not
available until the middle of the fall, so Part B of the
Mississippi Report Card for 2001-2002 will be released
early in 2003.
Under NCLB, each school district (called an LEA, or local
educational agency, in the law) is required to publicly
disseminate report cards.
There are requirements for what the report cards must
contain (including information at the school, district, and
state levels). While the law states that the report cards
are to be concise and understandable, the amount of data
that must be provided in the report cards is massive.
This precludes the use of a simple format such as a tri-fold
to display the NCLB text related to report cards.
It is very easy to locate the information you need using
this web site. You select the
information you want to view using a set of links. Clicking
on a link will either display the information you requested
or provide a different set of links for making
a more detailed selection (for example, selecting a particular
Viewing the NCLB Report Cards:
There are three levels of report card data -- state, district,
and school. The overall, comprehensive state report card can be
viewed by simply clicking on the link labeled "State Report Card"
on the main page.
A district level report card comprises the report card for a
selected district plus an appendix containing the state level
data. A school level report card comprises the report card for
a selected school, an appendix containing the data for that
school's district, and an appendix containing the state level data.
Follow the steps below to access a school level or district
level report card. The instructions assume that you will be printing
the report card pages to produce a hard-copy report. If you are only
interested in viewing the report on your computer screen, you can
disregard the printing set up instructions in step 1 and the
instruction to print the displayed pages in the other steps.
Step 1: Set Up Browser Printing Specifications [OPTIONAL]
You will be printing pages from the web that will be assembled
into a report. Most web browsers are set up to print certain
information in a header and footer on each printed page. That
information usually includes the title of the displayed
web page, the location of the page on the web (the URL),
a page number, an overall page count, and the date.
Your web browser allows you to turn this feature on and off. You
will want to turn the feature off when you print the pages for your
report cards. You can turn the feature on again once the report
card pages have all been printed. The feature control panel is accessed
using File > Page Setup. In Netscape, there are check boxes
indicating the information that will be printed in the headers and
footers. Uncheck all the boxes. This will cause Netscape to print only
the information actually contained on the web page. If you use
Internet Explorer, the header/footer information is controlled by a
set of alphabetic codes. You can suppress the header and footer
information by deleting the codes (remember to write the codes down
before deleting them in case the default values do not reappear the
next time you launch your browser).
Step 2: Access the State Level Appendix
Go to the main page for the 2001-2002 Report Card and
click on the "Report Card for a Selected District or School" link.
Your browser will display a list of school districts with a state
level link at the top. Click the link for the state level data.
The state level page will appear in your browser. Print the page
in LANDSCAPE (horizontal) format.
You should get four printed pages. The first page will have the text,
"Appendix B" at the top. Put these pages aside--they will comprise
the last three pages of the assembled report card. Note: The state
level data comprising Appendix B in a school report card is
different from the complete State Report Card that can be selected
using the link on the Report Card 2001-2002 main page.
Step 3: Access the District Level Report Card Data
Use your browser's BACK button to return to the school district
list. Locate the school district and click on that link.
A list of schools will appear with a link for the district level
data at the top. Click the link for the district level data.
The district level page will appear in your browser. Print
the page in LANDSCAPE (horizontal) format. For most districts, you
should get four printed pages. The first page will have
the text, "Appendix A" at the top. Put these pages aside--they will
comprise three pages of the assembled report card.
Step 4: Access the School Level Report Card
Use your browser's BACK button to return to the school
list. Select a school and click on its link.
The school level page will appear in your browser. Print the
page in LANDSCAPE (horizontal) format. You should get 2-4 printed
pages depending on the grade levels in the school and the tests
that were administered during 2001-2002. The school level pages
will comprise the first pages of the report card.
Step 5: Assemble the (Printed) Report Card
Now assemble the complete school report card. The school
level pages come first, followed by Appendix A and Appendix B.
The two appendices, without the school level pages, comprise
a district's "Annual Local Educational Agency Report Card."