The Achievement School District (ASD) law requires the Mississippi State Board of Education and the Mississippi Department of Education to intervene in persistently under-performing school districts to improve student achievement.
The ASD focuses on the four areas that are central to rapid and significant school improvement: turnaround leadership, talent development, instructional transformation, and culture shift.
The Mississippi State Board of Education takes the place of local school boards as the governing body of the ASD. Districts in the ASD must maintain a “C” accountability rating for five years to become eligible to return to local governance.
Effective June 1, 2019, the Humphreys County and Yazoo City school districts will become part of Mississippi’s first ASD.
Dr. Jermall Wright is the ASD superintendent. Prior to his current role, Dr. Wright served as chief academic and accountability officer for Birmingham City Schools and previously worked in state and district leadership roles at the Alabama State Department of Education, the School District of Philadelphia (PA) and Denver Public Schools.