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Communications and Government Relations

Communications and Government Relations

MDE Announces 3rd Annual “Celebration of Excellence” Tour to Recognize District Achievements


For Immediate Release: November 15, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced a schedule of visits to recognize the achievements of all A districts. District leaders and school board members will join Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, at each location to thank teachers and students for their hard work.

Statewide, the number of districts earning an A increased from 15 in 2016-17 to 18 2017-18. Also, the number of schools earning an A rose from 114 in 2016-17 to 181 in 2017-18.

State Board Votes to Assign Grades to Corinth and Special Schools


For Immediate Release:  November 8, 2018

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) today voted to assign unofficial letter grades for the 2017-18 school year to four schools that serve students with disabilities and the Corinth School District. The schools and district had not received grades in previous years.

State and federal law mandate that all schools and districts be evaluated using a single accountability system. There are no exclusions for schools with special populations.

ACT Scores for Juniors Released


For Immediate Release: November 8, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education released today ACT results for the spring 2018 statewide administration of the ACT to all high school juniors.

The average score among juniors decreased from 18 in 2017 to 17.8 in 2018. Eight districts achieved an average composite of 20.0 or higher compared to 14 in 2017.

National Assessment Governing Board Releases Report on Mississippi’s NAEP Progress


For Immediate Release: November 6, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi students have made consistent gains in reading over the past dozen years on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card, making Mississippi one of the top leaders in score improvement in 4th grade reading between 2005 and 2017, according to a recent report from the National Assessment Governing Board.

MDE to Prepare Educators through Teacher-Residency and Performance-Based Licensure Pilot Programs


For Immediate Release: October 31, 2018

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is launching an initiative to increase the number of qualified teachers entering and remaining in the profession through teacher-residency and performance-based licensure programs.
The project is funded by a $4.1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to address the achievement gaps in high poverty, high minority schools and schools that lack a diverse teaching staff.

Mississippi Students Increase Advanced Placement Participation, Achievement


For Immediate Release:  October 29, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi saw some growth in Advanced Placement (AP) participation and performance, with 9,445 public school students taking AP exams and 4,478 receiving a qualifying score in the 2017-18 school year. The gains are a 1 percent increase over the previous school year.

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