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Mississippi’s high school graduation rate highest ever at 88.4%; Dropout rate falls to 8.5%

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For Immediate Release: Feb. 17, 2022

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) released today the 2020-21 school year graduation and dropout rates, which reflect the highest statewide graduation rate of 88.4% and the lowest statewide dropout rate of 8.5%.

Rates are based on students who entered ninth grade for the first time during the 2017-18 school year. Among students with disabilities, the graduation rate increased to 59.9%, and the dropout rate was 18.4%. 

Applications now open to Mississippi Teacher Residency program for aspiring educators seeking master’s degree in elementary and special education

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Feb. 15, 2022

JACKSON, Miss. – Applications to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Mississippi Teacher Residency (MTR) program are now available for aspiring educators seeking a graduate degree in elementary and special education.

State Board of Education approves five new early learning collaboratives to serve pre-K 4-year-olds

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Jan. 21, 2022

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted Jan. 20, to add five new early learning collaboratives (ELC) to the current list of 18 to provide high-quality early childhood education pre-K programs to 4-year-old students.

Mississippi State Board of Education Allows Hybrid Scheduling During COVID-19 Surge

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For Immediate Release: Jan. 20, 2022

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted today to allow school districts to use hybrid scheduling if needed to minimize the current spread of COVID-19.

The hybrid scheduling option is available immediately and will extend through March 11, 2022. Hybrid scheduling enables districts to reduce the number of students in schools each day by scheduling a portion of students to learn online. Hybrid scheduling can only be used to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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