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National Report Finds Mississippi’s 3rd Grade Promotion Law Leads to Early Literacy Gains

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Feb. 7, 2023

JACKSON, Miss. –  A new report from Boston University’s Wheelock Educational Policy Center found that Mississippi students retained in the 3rd grade under the Literacy-Based Promotion Act achieved higher English Language Arts (ELA) scores over time.

MDE providing 25-plus instructional math coaches to aid teachers, administrators and improve student outcomes at identified K-12 schools

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:  Jan. 19, 2023

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will provide 25 or more new instructional math coaches over the next four years to identified K-12 schools. The coaches will deliver professional development and coaching services to teachers and administrators that will improve student outcomes.

Mississippi’s graduation rate reaches all-time high of 88.9%

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Jan. 19, 2023

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) released today the 2021-22 school year graduation and dropout rates, which reflect the highest statewide graduation rate of 88.9% and a statewide dropout rate of 9%.

Rates are based on students who entered ninth grade for the first time during the 2018-19 school year. Among students with disabilities, the graduation rate increased to 67.1%, and the dropout rate was 19.3%.

Mississippi Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

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For Immediate Release: Jan. 11, 2023

JACKSON, Miss. – The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that high school students Joshua Emerson Bowman and Nadia Esmee Harden will join Sen. Roger F. Wicker and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in representing Mississippi during the 61st annual USSYP Washington Week to be held March 4 — 11.

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