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Mississippi State Board of Education Suspends Policies on A-F Grading, Passing Requirements for 3rd Grade Reading and High School Assessments for 2020-21 School Year

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: January 21, 2021

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted today to suspend three statewide policies regarding assessment and accountability to manage the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the 2020-21 school year. 

Superintendent’s Annual Report for 2019-20 Shows How Students, Educators and Schools Persisted through Pandemic Challenges

NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release: January 12, 2021

JACKSON, Miss. – The newly released Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) 2019-20 Superintendent’s Annual Report tells the story how students, educators and schools persisted in their pursuit of higher academic achievement while dealing with the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. View the report online at mdek12.org/superintendent2020.

Report highlights: 

MDE Recommends Waiver of Passing Requirements for 3rd Grade Reading, End-of-Course Assessments for 2020-21

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: January 6, 2021

(JACKSON, MS) – Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, recommended waiving the passing requirements for statewide 3rd grade reading and high school end-of-course assessments for the 2020-21 school year. The recommendation was included in a presentation today to the Mississippi Senate Education Committee.

SBE Approves ACT WorkKeys as Measure of Career Readiness

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: December 17, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Board of Education voted today to open public comment on the addition of the ACT WorkKeys assessment, in conjunction with a recognized career pathway or industry certification, to the accountability measure evaluating how schools and districts prepare students for college and the workforce.

MDE Invites Aspiring Educators to Apply to the Mississippi Teacher Residency

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: December 16, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) invites aspiring teachers to apply to the third cohort of the Mississippi Teacher Residency (MTR), which is a two-year program that combines college coursework and on-the-job training to prepare prospective educators for the teaching profession. The application will be released on December 18, 2020 and will close on February 5, 2021.

Drop in Kindergarteners, Jump in Homeschoolers Drive Enrollment Decline

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: December 7, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education’s (MDE) preliminary analysis of public-school enrollment for the 2020-21 school year shows a drop in kindergarteners and spike in homeschoolers have driven the statewide decline in enrollment this year.

As of September 30, 2020, 442,627 students had enrolled in Mississippi public schools, a more than 23,000 drop from last September’s total of 465,913.

Mississippi Connects: MDE Completes Delivery of Over 325,000 Devices to Districts, Targets Teacher Training

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: November 23, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced today the completion of the distribution of more than 325,000 devices to school districts across the state. These devices support distance learning as part of the first phase of the Mississippi Connects digital learning plan.

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