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Communications and Government Relations

Communications and Government Relations

Regional Meetings for Parents: Strategies to Improve Reading for K-3 Students

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2018

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi Department of Education announced today a series of regional meetings across the state for parents of students in kindergarten through grade 3. At the meetings, parents will receive an overview of the state law concerning literacy and assessment, as well as strategies that can be used at home to help student improve their reading skills.

Mississippi Launches ‘Strive for Less Than Five’ Absence Prevention Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: August 29, 2018

JACKSON, Miss – Mississippi is kicking off Attendance Awareness Month in September with a statewide campaign to promote regular school attendance.

The Strive for Less than Five campaign challenges students to have no more than five absences over the course of the entire school year.

MDE Announces Lottery for Special Needs Scholarship Program Applications

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: August 27, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced plans today for a lottery on August 30 to award approximately 47 Education Scholarship Accounts (ESA) for the 2018-19 school year.

Established by the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act of 2015, the ESA program provides scholarships to parents of students with disabilities who want to remove their child from a public school to seek educational services elsewhere.

State Board of Education Votes to Adjust Baseline Accountability Scores for Schools with a 12th Grade

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: August 23, 2018

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted today to reset the baseline scores for establishing accountability grades for schools that have a 12th grade. The change would address the lack of comparability to growth scores in prior years and would take effect for the 2017-18 accountability results.

State Board of Education to Hold Special-Called Meeting August 23

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2018

WHO: Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE)

WHAT: The SBE will hold a special-called teleconference meeting to consider a recommendation from the Commission on School Accreditation to change the business rules of the Mississippi Statewide Accountability System, specifically to reset baseline scores for schools with a grade 12.

WHEN: 10 a.m., August 23, 2018

Minority Male Educators Convene to Discuss Role in Impacting Student Outcomes

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: August 21, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. – LaJeremy Hughes, a 3rd grade English language arts teacher at Della Davidson Elementary in the Oxford School District, knew his career path the first day he stepped into a classroom.

“I immediately connected to school and all it could offer. Over the past four years, the reason for teaching has changed. I look at teaching now as opportunity to promote change. It’s more than just the dissemination of information, but it’s a chance to empower and ignite a fire,” he said.

Commission on School Accreditation to Hold Special-Called Meeting August 22

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: August 21, 2018

WHO: Commission on School Accreditation (CSA)

WHAT: The CSA will hold a special-called teleconference meeting to consider revisions to the business rules of the Mississippi Statewide Accountability System, specifically to reset baseline scores for schools with grade 12.

WHEN: 2 p.m., August 22, 2018

WHERE: Central High School Building, 359 N. West St., Jackson, MS, 4th floor Board Room

State Board of Education Set Special-Called Meeting to Consider Adjusting Baseline Accountability Scores for Schools with a 12th Grade

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: August 16, 2018

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) set a special-called meeting for 10 a.m. August 23 to consider resetting the baseline scores for establishing accountability grades for schools that have a 12th grade. The change would address the lack of comparability to growth scores in prior years and would take effect for the 2017-18 accountabilty results.

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