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Mississippi Achievement School District

The Achievement School District (ASD) law requires the Mississippi State Board of Education and the Mississippi Department of Education to intervene in persistently under-performing school districts to improve student achievement. 

The ASD focuses on the four areas that are central to rapid and significant school improvement: turnaround leadership, talent development, instructional transformation, and culture shift.

The Mississippi State Board of Education takes the place of local school boards as the governing body of the ASD. Districts in the ASD must maintain a “C” accountability rating for five years to become eligible to return to local governance.

Effective June 1, 2019, the Humphreys County and Yazoo City school districts became part of Mississippi’s first ASD.


Dr. Earl Watkins

Superintendent, Achievement School District