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Communications and Government Relations

Communications and Government Relations

SBE Votes to Keep U.S. History End-of-Course Assessment


For Immediate Release: January 16, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted unanimously today to keep the U.S. History end-of-course assessment.

The SBE’s final decision on the end-of-course assessment comes after a public comment period and review of an Accountability Task Force (ATF) recommendation. In November, the SBE asked for information from the ATF on how the possible elimination of the U.S. History assessment would impact the Mississippi Statewide Accountability System.

Mississippi’s Graduation Rate Exceeds National Average


For Immediate Release: January 16, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) released today the high school graduation rates for the 2018-19 school year, which show the state’s graduation rate has hit an all-time high of 85%, higher than the most recent national graduation rate. The 2019 national graduation rate is expected to be released later this month.

The graduation rate for students with disabilities nearly doubled from 23.2% in 2014 to 42.2% this year.

Superintendent’s Annual Report for 2018-19 Shows Mississippi Student Achievement Reaches All-time High


For Immediate Release:  January 9, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The newly released Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) 2018-19 Superintendent’s Annual Report shows how student achievement in Mississippi has reached an all-time high. View the report online at

Celebration of Excellence Tour Dates for Week of January 6-10


For Immediate Release: January 6, 2020

WHO: Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education and district leaders, school board members, teachers, students and community members in A-rated school districts

WHAT: Each school district will host a “Celebration of Excellence” event to recognize the achievement of students and teachers

WHEN: Week of January 6-10

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