Tunica County Schools

Many people ask questions about the Tunica County schools besides the local tourist areas such as hotels and other fun events.  Residents are concerned about the local education system and want to know relevant facts and contact information.

In the 90’s, the influx of money from large corporations that were building in the area helped the Tunica County schools as this made available much needed funding.  In 2007, the new middle school was built and the added monies helped with the building of this school as well as improving the salaries of teachers employed by the district.  There were very low graduation rates during the 1990’s where it was reported only one in three students attending the local high school was graduating.  The state took over the school and improvement in graduation was seen in the 2000’s with rates well into 80% area.

According to the Mississippi Department of Statistics, the demographics of the district can be found below including enrollment and breakdown of race. (courtesy of Wikipedia):

Demographics

School Year Enrollment Gender Makeup Racial Makeup Eligible
Female Male Asian African
American
Hispanic Native
American
White Free
Lunch
2006-07 2,241 52% 48% 0.22% 97.32% 1.16% 0.09% 1.20% 88.7%
2005-06 2,323 52% 48% 0.26% 96.43% 1.20% 0.09% 2.02%
2004-05 2,307 52% 48% 0.26% 96.75% 0.91% 2.08%
2003-04 2,243 51% 49% 0.04% 97.28% 1.16% 1.52%
2002-03 2,106 51% 49% 0.09% 97.06% 1.00% 1.85%

Key information for the 2015 school year are shown below:

August 6, 2015 – First day of classes for the school year

September 7, 2015  – Labor Day holiday

November 23-27, 2015 – Thanksgiving Holiday

December 21-31, 2015 – Christmas Holiday

January 4, 2016  – Return of Students and Teachers

May 19, 2016 – Last Day for Students

 

For the 2015-2016 school year there will be 180 school days for students and 189 days for teachers.  Snow days are also accounted for which is March 25 & 28, 2016.

The 2015-16 testing schedule is below:

 

2015-2016 Statewide Testing Calendar MDE-Office of Student Assessment Page 1 of 2 As of July 13, 2015 Task ID Test Name Start Date Finish Date Duration (Days) Grade Levels Location Retesters P/F Report Score Report Public Report MKAS2 MKAS Readiness Pretest 8/11/15 9/15/15 26 PK-K School N NA DOT Y MKAS2 Grade 1 – 3 Universal Screener 8/17/15 9/23/15 28 1-3 School N NA DOT N SAAA Subject Area Alternative Assessment (SAAA) 9/1/15 3/30/16 7 months 9-12 (see Annotations tab) School N 5/4/16 5/4/16 N SATP2 Subject Area Testing Program, Second Edition 9/21/15 10/2/15 10 9-12 (see Annotations tab) School Y 10/28/15 11/16/2015- 11/17/2015 Y FLE, MWAP3, SATP1 Functional Literacy Exam, Mississippi Writing Assessment Program, Third Edition , Subject Area Testing Program 10/20/15 10/21/15 2 None (see Annotations tab) School Y 12/17/15 12/17/15 N MKAS2 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment Retest #3 11/16/15 11/20/15 5 3 School N NA DOT N SATP2 Subject Area Testing Program, Second Edition 11/30/15 12/11/15 10 9-12 (see Annotations tab) School Both 1/21/16 2/11/2016- 2/12/2016 Y SATP3 Questar Assessment 11/30/15 12/11/15 10 English II, Algebra I School N NA Early Summer 2016 Y MKAS2 K – 3 Middle of Year Universal Screener 1/4/16 1/29/16 20 K – 3 School N NA DOT N NAEP NAEP Assessment 1/25/16 3/4/16 30 4,8,12 School N NA NA Y FLE, MWAP3, SATP1 Functional Literacy Exam , Mississippi Writing Assessment Program, Third Edition, Subject Area Testing Program 2/17/16 2/18/16 2 None (see Annotations tab) School Y 3/29/16 4/13/16 N ELPT English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) 3/1/16 3/30/16 20 K – 12 School N NA 5/31/16 Y MAAP MAAP (MS Alternate Assessment Program for ELA & Math) 3/1/16 4/15/16 34 3-12 (see Annotations tab) School N NA 7/29/16 Y MAAP MAAP (MS Alternate Assessment Program for Science) 3/1/16 4/15/16 34 5, 8, 11 (see Annotations tab) School N NA 7/29/16 Y SATP2 Subject Area Testing Program, Second Edition 3/21/16 4/8/16 15 9-12 (see Annotations tab) School Both 5/3/16 5/17/2016- 5/18/2016 Y MKAS2 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment 3/28/16 4/15/16 15 3 School Y DOT DOT Y MKAS2 K-Readiness Assessment Post Test 4/7/16 5/12/16 26 PK-K School Both NA DOT Y MKAS2 1 – 2 End of Year Screener 4/18/16 5/20/16 25 1 – 2 School Both NA DOT N ACT ACT 4/19/16 5/3/16 11 11 School Y NA 6/15/16 Y

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