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School Improvement

The Mississippi Department of Education identifies schools for additional assistance and support, which includes professional development, leadership coaching, additional funding, and assistance to support the school’s transformation goals. We identify the schools that need the most assistance for their students to have the same opportunities for growth and success that exist for students in other schools. The Office of School Improvement (OSI) is responsible for supporting the systemic improvement and turnaround efforts of the lowest-performing schools.


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a federal law, requires that each state identify two types of schools for support and improvement:




October 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
MSSOARS Deeper Dive Webinar


This webinar will guide school and district teams in identified schools through an examination of the how the indicators of effective practice can be used to guide planning efforts while walking through the stages of plan development in the MS SOARS Platform.


To register for any Office of School Improvement webinar, click the appropriate link provided.

All webinars will be recorded and posted to the Office of School Improvement's webpage if your schedule does not permit participation on the scheduled date of the presentation.



i3 Innovate, Inspire, Ignite: The Measure of a Leader”

On November 7, a pre-conference open to high schools identified as Comprehensive and Targeted Support and Improvement Schools, Additional Targeted Support and Improvement Schools, and Schools At-Risk (SAR) will convene at the Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg MS. The high school principal and counselor from each district will engage in activities with Dr. Robert Balfanz, Director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and visit innovative programs offered by the Vicksburg-Warren School District.


The general conference convenes November 8-9 and is open to a district team of four (4) which will include a principal, a counselor, a lead teacher, and the federal programs director, representing identified schools. District team participants will engage in sessions on school improvement for change, high school redesign, school equity, leveraging resources, best practices for chronic absenteeism, and more!


To register, please click the link and search for i3. All registration questions should be directed to the RCU. Please call 662-325-2510 or e-mail


You can find more information about how CSI and TSI schools are determined and a list of frequently asked questions on the Office of School Improvement webpage on the Mississippi Department of Education website.


Should you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of School Improvement at 601.359.1003.