School Accountability

MDE Releases First State Test Scores Since Pandemic Began

The Mississippi Department of Education has released the results of the statewide assessments administered to students in the spring of 2021. This was the first round of state testing since the pandemic struck nearly two years ago causing unprecedented and repeated disruptions in learning. As expected, the tests showed that students did not make the …

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Another Accountability Change Considered, MDE Invites Your Input

The State Board of Education (SBE) has modified its proposed change to the Statewide Accountability System to include the WorkKeys assessment as a career-readiness indicator in the College- and Career-Readiness (CCR) component. The public has until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 26, to provide feedback to the board before the final change is adopted. At …

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Teacher Pay Raise Passes Senate, State Board Requests Accountability Waivers

The teacher pay raise bill has passed the full Senate on a unanimous vote, with every senator present signing on as a coauthor of the bill – an impressive show of support for the incredible work our teachers are doing for our children. The bill will now go to the House. The bill provides: $37,000 starting salary …

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Accountability Model Change Proposed, Your Input Sought

A change is being proposed to the Statewide Accountability Model, and the public is asked to provide feedback before the final change is adopted. The deadline to submit your comments is 5:00 p.m. next Thursday, January 14.  The proposed change accommodates the addition of the WorkKeys career-readiness indicator to the College- and Career-Readiness (CCR) component …

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Reduction in State Testing Proposed, Reading Help for 3rd Graders Offered

The Mississippi Board of Education has proposed eliminating the state U.S. History exam currently required of Mississippi high school students. Read more here. The public is asked to offer comments to assist the Board in making its final decision. Comments on the proposal are due no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, …

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State Test Scores and Other Testing News

State test scores are in, and the news is good! School districts continued their decades-long trend of academic improvement. Mississippi students showed gains in nearly every grade and subject area, with more students scoring in the top three proficiency levels and fewer scoring in levels one and two. See the percent of students in your school and school …

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Appointed Versus Elected Superintendents

Updated 4/5/2016 Governor Bryant signed Senate Bill 2438 into law, providing for the appointment, rather than election, of all school district superintendents, effective January 1, 2019. The Parents’ Campaign has advocated for this change since 2008. Updated 4/24/2012 There are about 60 school districts in Mississippi in which superintendents are elected. Throughout the US, with …

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2019 Accountability Ratings

MDE has released unofficial* school and district accountability ratings for the 2018-2019 school year. See your school and district ratings. Statewide, student achievement continues to rise, despite chronic underfunding of public schools and a crisis-level teacher shortage. More schools are rated A and B and fewer are rated D and F than in the year …

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Improving Student Achievement

Each of us has a role to play in helping students achieve success… Student: I can  • Set goals for myself• Be confident in myself• Go to school and be on time• Try my best each day• Listen to my teachers• Pay attention in class• Do my homework• Keep myself healthy• Respect myself• Respect others around me  Parent/Extended …

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The Parents’ Campaign’s 2013 School Reform Agenda

An excellent early education experience for every child (A Blueprint Mississippi 2011 recommendation) $5-million appropriation for Mississippi Building Blocks Based on a per-student cost of $2,000, this will allow MBB in 2013-2014 to reach approximately 2,500 children in child care centers located primarily in low-income areas of Mississippi An excellent teacher in every classroom (A Blueprint Mississippi …

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