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School Improvement

The Mississippi Department of Education identifies schools for additional assistance and support, which includes professional development, leadership coaching, additional funding, and assistance to support the school’s transformation goals. We identify the schools that need the most assistance for their students to have the same opportunities for growth and success that exist for students in other schools. The Office of School Improvement (OSI) is responsible for supporting the systemic improvement and turnaround efforts of the lowest-performing schools.

 The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a federal law, requires that each state identify two types of schools for support and improvement:


Measures of Interim Progress




The Office of School Improvement will host a two-day convening – “Transforming Schools:  Meeting the Needs of All Learners” to support schools with the implementation of the requirements of the Mississippi Succeeds Plan. The convening is designed for districts with schools identified as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI), Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI), and Schools At Risk (SAR). The convening will also provide districts and school leaders with guidance around the school improvement process.

District teams of four people, comprised of a school administrator of an identified school, lead content area teachers in Math or English language arts, and the federal programs director are invited to attend this two-day convening. To register, please click on the link, (Registration). 

All registration questions should be directed to the RCU.  Please call 662.325.2510 or e-mail for assistance.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of School Improvement at 601.359.1003.


October 8, 2019

2019 Implementation Overview for Schools with CSI, TSI, ATSI, or SAR Designations – This webinar provides district and school leaders with guidance around the school improvement process as well as the expectations for completing school improvement plans and funding applications.

Improving Student Outcomes for ALL Children: School Improvement Process for Identified Schools (Powerpoint) and (Webinar)

Comprehensive Needs Assessment Interview Template (Powerpoint

Schools At-Risk (SAR) 2019-2020 Action Plan (Template







To register for an Office of School Improvement webinar, click the appropriate link provided.

All webinars will be recorded and posted to the Office of School Improvement's webpage if your schedule does not permit participation on the scheduled date of the presentation.