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State Superintendent of Education

State Superintendent Carey M. Wright

Carey M. Wright, Ed.D.

Carey M. Wright, Ed.D., became the State Superintendent of Education for Mississippi in 2013.  Under her leadership, Mississippi has initiated aggressive education reforms that have resulted in unprecedented academic success and rising student achievement. Because of the state’s gains in student performance, Quality Counts in 2020 ranked Mississippi No. 2 in the nation for improvement in education.

Dr. Wright spearheaded initiatives that have increased literacy skills in pre-K through the 3rd grade, pushed student achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress to improve at a faster rate than most other states, and nearly doubled the Advancement Placement participation and success rate. During her tenure, Mississippi students have achieved significant annual gains in English Language Arts and Mathematics proficiency, and the state’s graduation rate has climbed to an all-time high of 87.7 percent.

A passionate advocate for early childhood education, Dr. Wright implemented Mississippi’s first publicly funded Early Learning Collaborative program, which earned the state annual recognition from the National Institute for Early Education Research as one of only six states in the nation that meet all standards for early childhood education.

Prior to her appointment as State Superintendent for Mississippi, Dr. Wright served as Chief Academic Officer and the Deputy Chief for the Office of Teaching and Learning for the District of Columbia Public Schools and as a consultant to the Harvard Business School Public Education Leadership Project. Dr. Wright previously served as Associate Superintendent for the Office of Special Education and Student Services for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland and spent the earlier part of her career in Howard County Public Schools as a teacher, a principal, and the Director of Special Education and Student Services. She began her career as a teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland.

Dr. Wright has been recognized as an outstanding educator by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Systems, nominated twice for The Washington Post Outstanding Principal Award, and awarded the Howard County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator of the Year.

Dr. Wright was appointed in 2019 by the U.S. Secretary of Education to the National Assessment Governing Board. She is a board member and is past president of the Board of Directors of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a Chiefs for Change board member and an alumnus of the Broad Academy. Dr. Wright also serves on the Reagan Institute Summit on Education steering committee and Stanford University’s Hoover Educational Success Initiative Practitioners Council.

Dr. Wright obtained her bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park.