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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. The chart includes details regarding the following topics:

  • Accountability (Mississippi Statewide Accountability System)
  • Annual Financial Audits
  • Assessments (Mississippi Statewide Assessment System and the Cursive Writing Assessment Requirement)
  • Compulsory School Attendance
  • Grading Policies – Academic Promotion/Progression/Retention of Students
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Instructional Time for Carnegie Unit Credits
  • Licensed Professional Staff
  • Literacy-Based Promotion Act
  • Local Board Governance
  • Pre-K Programs
  • Pupil Transportation
  • School Calendars (180-day requirement)
  • School Safety
  • Student-Teacher Ratios
  • Youth Detention Centers


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.