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 board also has two nonvoting student representatives.

The state board has the authority over:

  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Summative Assessments
  • Appointing the Chief State School Officer
  • Overseeing Authorization of Charter Schools

Governor

Phil Bryant (R)

Chief State School Officer

Carey M. 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

Learn about Mississippi’s ESSA plan.