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Celebration of Excellence Tour Dates for Week of Oct. 7-11

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: October 7, 2019

WHO: Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education and district leaders, school board members, teachers, students and community members in A-rated school districts

WHAT: Each school district will host a “Celebration of Excellence” event to recognize the achievement of students and teachers

WHEN: Week of October 7- 11

MDE Announces 4th Annual “Celebration of Excellence” Tour to Recognize District Achievements

NEWS RELEASE

UPDATED: October 7, 2019  

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced a schedule of visits to recognize all A districts. District leaders, school board members, teachers, students and community members will join Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, at each location. 

Statewide, the number of schools and districts earning an A has more than doubled, with A-rated schools jumping from 88 to 196, and A-rated districts increasing from 14 to 31. 

Mississippi’s Chronic Absenteeism Rate Declines

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: September 27, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has released the most recent school- and district-level chronic absence data, which shows that 13.05% of Mississippi students were absent 10% or more of the 2018-19 school year. This is the lowest rate since the MDE has been calculating and reporting chronic absenteeism rates.

2019 Regional Meetings for Families: Strategies to Improve Reading for K-3 Students

NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release: September 24, 2019

(JACKSON, MS) – The Mississippi Department of Education announces a series of regional meetings across the state for families of students in kindergarten through grade 3. At the meetings, families will receive an overview of the state law concerning literacy and assessment, as well as strategies that can be used at home to help students improve their reading skills.

Mississippi Allocates $1 Million to Help High School Students Earn Career Certification, College Credits

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2019

JACKSON, Miss – School districts will receive state funds, on a reimbursement basis, this school year to help pay for a national career readiness certification exam and advanced courses that lead to college credits. The Mississippi Legislature appropriated $1 million for the program, which will allocate funds to districts based on last year’s enrollment for grades 9-12.   

SBE Votes to Begin Public Comment Period on U.S. History End-of-Course Exam

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted today to begin the public comment process on whether the state should eliminate the U.S. History end-of-course exam.

The SBE’s final decision on the end-of-course exam will occur at the conclusion of the public comment period and after comments have been reviewed. Any decision to remove the U.S. History end-of-course exam would not be effective until the 2020-21 school year.

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