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The Office of Accreditation is a regulatory office charged with the primary responsibility of administering the state's performance-based accreditation system for public schools and the accreditation system for nonpublic schools electing to seek accreditation from the State Board of Education. The Office of Accreditation operates under the umbrella of the Mississippi State Board of Education and the Commission on School Accreditation.

Staff members in the Office of Accreditation continuously monitor school districts to verify compliance with applicable accreditation requirements through (1) investigative evaluations (complaints against school districts), (2) annual personnel data reports, and (3) reports from other state or federal programs.

Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) Policy Changes for the 2020-21 School Year  

The SBE has suspended several policies to give local school districts scheduling flexibility for the 2020-21 school year to deal with the impact of COVID-19. For a complete list of policy suspensions, view the policy suspension chart.

On July 16, 2020, the SBE adopted a temporary rule and began the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to establish Miss. Admin. Code 7-3: 9.2, State Board Policy Chapter 9, Rule 9.2: Reporting Attendance for Virtual Learning.  Questions and Answers regarding the policy can be found here:


For additional updated information due to COVID 19, return to Mississippi Schools: Guidance for the 2020-21 School Year.