Report Card for DeSoto County Schools -- “A”

Lewisburg Middle School is the #1 ranked middle school in the state.

Report Card for DeSoto County Schools -- “A”

Lewisburg Middle School is the #1 ranked middle school in the state.

     DeSoto County Schools is an A-ranked school district, according to the Mississippi Department of Education. Only nine districts in Mississippi have achieved this honor for the last four consecutive years.

     “I am so proud of our students, teachers, administrators, and staff,” said Supt. Cory Uselton.  “This is a total team effort.  And, we are very fortunate to have tremendous support from our parents and the entire DeSoto County community.” 

Ryan Kuykendall, DCS Director of Accountability and Research

     Ryan Kuykendall, DCS Director of Accountability and Research, reported accountability report details to the Board of Education on September 19th. 

     “Acceleration was a huge increase for us.  We have a lot of students getting college credit with Dual Credit and AP courses,” Kuykendall noted.  “We also have students obtaining a National Certification for Industry with Career Tech.  This is so important for our students’ future.” 

     He shared various charts and graphs with board members and reported that 6th and 7th grade math scores are the strongest area for the district. He also revealed that DCS has the top two traditional middle schools in the state. 

     “Lewisburg Middle School is the #1 ranked middle school in the state, and Hernando Middle School is ranked #2.” Kuykendall said. 

     “DeSoto County Schools has two of the top five traditional high schools in the state,” he noted.  “Hernando High School is the #2 ranked high school, and Center Hill High School is the #5 ranked high school.” 

     College and Career Readiness was another area of improvement. 

     “Our percentage of seniors demonstrating college readiness on the ACT is up, and we are very pleased to see that,” Kuykendall said.  “The senior class of 2019 had the most 30+ ACT scores in the history of Desoto County Schools.  There were 148 seniors with an ACT score of 30 or higher.” 

     Kuykendall said one area of focus for the District is the ELA low-performing growth category. 

     “We now have almost 30% of our ELA students who are in the ELA low-performing category achieving at grade level.  This group is the hardest group to push to the next level.  This is a major focus for us.  We have a spreadsheet that will soon be in the hands of each teacher showing all data points so that they can shape their instruction for these students.  We are doing a lot of training and work on the Data to Instruction and PLC processes to do everything possible to grow these students,” he said. 

 Supt. Uselton is surrounded by School Board members Ann Jolley, Michele Henley, Shelia Riley, Sarah Doss-Thomas, and Milton Nichols.

     Supt. Uselton added, “As the largest school district in the state, we face unique challenges, but it’s all about teamwork.  Our teachers, staff, and administrators work hard to make sure that every student has an opportunity to be successful.” 

     “All school districts face the challenge of meeting the needs of every individual student,” Uselton added.  “Many students need extra remediation, while many other students need enrichment lessons to challenge them intellectually.  This test data helps us to look for ways that we can help the individual students.  We are always looking for ways to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all of our learners.”