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N.R. Burger Middle School names change champion

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The second Mississippi Curriculum Testing will begin on May 14 and will last for three days.

Students will be tested in reading, language arts, math and science.

Those test scores are used to factor in a school's rating on a scale of "A" through "F".

N.R. Burger Middle School is at a "B-". It's one of the 55 schools named a champion of change by the Mississippi Department of Education for going from a risk of failing in 2008 to high performing today.

"One of the things that we've implemented is a system of rigorous work to the students each and every day through classroom instruction, so when they actually see the MCT 2 test they won't be surprised by the material," says N.R. Burger Middle School Principal Dr. Robert Williams.

He also says the district has implemented a reward system for good behavior, as well as an accelerated reading program to boost language scores on the test.

"Our language arts department - they work jointly with making sure we're using appropriate reading strategies for students to be successful."

"The teachers have been putting a lot of pressure on us making sure that we understand the concepts," says eighth grader Derek Collins.

Collins is currently preparing for his last MCT 2 test.

"In algebra we had a little take home test - a 60 question test - and we had a full week to do it."

Students have been given extra homework in preparation for the big test day.

"They have us reading books to help build up our vocabulary and help build up our endurance because most kids don't like to read," says Collins.

Unfortunately that's showing up on test scores. Reading teacher Makeshai LeFlore says students are mostly challenged with reading comprehension and vocabulary.

"Those are things that pop up continuously over and over again, and once again the more we expose to the reading to the vocabulary, the better they become at it."

Parents are encouraged to have their children read more outside of the classroom, and to talk to their students about the test. Most importantly, they want their children to get a good night's sleep the day before test day.

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