Coahoma Early College High School principal Cloretha Jamison will have a better idea of her students’ progress after they take the Benchmark and ACT exams.
Jamison discussed those issues during the CECHS/Coahoma Community College board meeting Monday morning. She said CECHS students are still attending school virtually as COVID cases are rising.
Jamison said students will take the Benchmark exam this week and seniors who have not taken the ACT will do so on Feb. 6 along with the junior class.
“After this week, we will get a better shot as to where we are if students are going in one area versus the other,” Jamison said. “Always improvement can be found throughout our data. As we compile and make decisions, we are going to keep going in the right direction.”
Jamison said she would also have a better idea of how well the implementation of the Jump Start program is going.
Jump Start is a program for school districts, colleges, and businesses to collaborate in providing career courses and workplace experiences to high school students, allowing them to continue their education after high school, certifying them for the career fields most likely to lead to high-wage jobs.
Jamison did report 20 students made the recent honor roll list, 37 are on the principal’s list and 13 are on the superintendent’s list. All 13 on the superintendent’s list are seniors.
Thirteen students averaged a 4.0 in the fall for their courses at CCC.
“I’m very proud of those students,” Jamison said.
Jamison said students are still performing well.
“We are trying our very best to ensure that all of our students are learning,” she said. “Our goals are still the same and we’re going to be using our 2018 and 2019 data.
“Also, on January 4th, for professional development, we worked with each other in our data room and worked on looking at our data that we have from the first Benchmark test versus what we had last year. We are ahead in some areas.”
Jamison said students need growth in Algebra I and US History. She added Algebra 2 instructors are working with Algebra 1 instructors and US history consultant is working with the teachers.
Students in the bottom 25 percent for algebra and geometry have tutorial sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Jamison said, not only have teacher evaluations continued, but she was also evaluated as a principal.
“This is something we often do to see where we are as a whole,” Jamison said. “It was their opportunity to observe and evaluate me.
“I do encourage the teachers in their leadership roles. I’m not going to be in your classroom and I have to have valuable input from those teachers.
“I’m working and growing as an administrator to improve the school.”