Mississippi



State Governance

State Board of Education

The Mississippi state board of education consists of nine members each serving a nine-year term. Five Board members are appointed by the governor, and four are appointed by the legislature.

The state board has the authority over:

  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Summative Assessments
  • Appoints Chief State School Officer
  • Oversees Authorization of Charter Schools

Governor

Phil Bryant (R)

Chief State School Officer

Carey Wright

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 72.2%

English Language Learners: 1.3%

Served by IDEA: 13.3%

 

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Science score for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Graduation Rates

 

Adjusted cohort graduation rates between 2011 and 2015;

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 2010

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 0

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 0

Charter School Cap Law: Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board to approve a maximum of 15 qualified charter applications during a fiscal year.

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Mississippi intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Learn more about Mississippi’s ESSA approach.