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Communications and Government Relations

Communications and Government Relations

2018 State of Preschool Report Recognizes Mississippi as One of Top States for High-Quality Pre-K

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:  April 22, 2019

JACKSON, Miss – The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recognized Mississippi in its latest report on pre-K quality as one of only nine states whose publicly funded pre-K program meets the majority of NIEER’s quality standards for early childhood education.

The latest ranking is published in the NIEER report, The State of Preschool 2018. The annual report tracks state-funded preschool access, resources and quality.

State Board of Education Selects Humphreys County and Yazoo City School Districts for Achievement School District

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:  April 11, 2019

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted today to place the Humphreys County and Yazoo City school districts in the state’s first Achievement School District, which will launch in the 2019-20 school year.

MDE Announces 2019 Mississippi Administrator, Teacher of the Year

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: March 29, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Office of Teaching and Leading today announced that, Dr. Lee Pambianchi, principal of Northshore Elementary in the Rankin County School District, has been selected as the 2019 Mississippi Administrator of the Year (MAOY), and Hannah Gadd, 6th – 12th grade choir director and music appreciation teacher at Lafayette High School in the Lafayette School District, has been selected as the 2019 Mississippi Teacher of the Year (MTOY).

State Board Approves Oxford School District as Newest District of Innovation

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:  March 28, 2019

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) today approved plans for the Oxford School District to become Mississippi’s newest District of Innovation, bringing the total number of Districts of Innovation to eight.

The Oxford School District innovation plan includes a modified district calendar, a middle college program, a career academy, a personalized education pathway counseling program, and a comprehensive professional development program for teachers.  

MDE Adds New Features to Interactive Online Report Card to Help Families, Communities Evaluate Schools

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:  March 28, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) added today three new components to the Mississippi Succeeds Report Card, an interactive online tool designed to help parents and communities more easily evaluate schools across the state. The new components include discipline data from the Office of Civil Rights, school-level per-pupil expenditure data, and additional student group data.

State Board Selects Semifinalists for State Board Student Representative Program

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:  March 28, 2019

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) has selected 11 semifinalists for the SBE student representative program, which will begin in the 2019-20 school year.

Student representatives will be non-voting members but will provide input on policy decisions that affect Mississippi public schools.

Study: Mississippi’s Focus on Literacy Boosted Student Achievement, Teacher Skills

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For Immediate Release: March 20, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi students’ achievement in English language arts (ELA) and reading rose and teachers’ knowledge and skills in reading instruction improved after implementation of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA). That’s according to findings in a recent report from the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) and RMC Research Corporation.

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