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About the Mississippi Department of Education

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) provides resources and technical support to Mississippi’s public school system. The department also functions as a resource for federal education requirements and funding.

The Mississippi Board of Education appoints the State Superintendent of Education, sets public education policy and oversees the MDE. As the administrative arm of the Board, MDE is responsible for implementing state and federal education laws, disbursing state and federal funds, holding schools and districts accountable for performance and licensing all educators.

The MDE seeks to create a world-class educational system that gives students the knowledge and skills to be successful in college and in the workforce, and to flourish as parents and citizens. To make this vision a reality, all students must be given multiple pathways to success, and teachers and administrators must continue to meet the challenges of this ever-changing landscape of public education.

MDE is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for all students and ensuring a bright future for every child through the Board’s strategic goals that are centered on achievement on every level of Mississippi’s public education system, including districts, schools, classrooms and individual students.

The Board has established an ambitious mission and goals for the future of education in Mississippi with the primary objective of ensuring students are prepared for college and career.