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Communications and Government Relations

Communications and Government Relations

MDE Awards Three Universities $1.7 Million to Help Prepare New Teachers


For Immediate Release: July 10, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) recently awarded a $1.7 million, three-year grant to three universities that will help prepare and support highly effective new teachers for high-need school districts. The partnership is part of the Mississippi Teacher Residency Program.

State Board of Education to Hold Work Session June 12, Monthly Meeting June 13


For Immediate Release: June 11, 2019

WHO: Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE)

WHAT: The SBE will hold a work session to discuss upcoming department budgets the day before its regularly scheduled monthly meeting

WHEN:         Budget work session: 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12

                     Monthly SBE Meeting: 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13

Pass Rate for 3rd Grade Reading Test Increases After First Retest


For Immediate Release: June 4, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – The statewide pass rate for the 3rd Grade Reading Assessment increased to 82.8% (28,968 students) after students had a chance to retest before the end of the school year. The initial pass rate was 74.5% (26,057 students).

The retest results show the large majority of 3rd graders are meeting the highest reading standard ever required under the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA).

MDE Partners with MPE to Support 125 Diverse New National Board Certified Teachers


For Immediate Release: May 24, 2019

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is partnering with Mississippi Professional Educators (MPE) to award scholarships to up to 125 diverse candidates who wish to pursue their National Board Certification. Awardees will each receive a $475 scholarship. Diversity may be based on an educator’s race, gender, ethnicity, subject(s) taught, or pathway to licensure.                                                    

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