The Office of Student Assessment is responsible for the development, coordination, and administration of all state and federally mandated assessments for students in Mississippi’s public schools. Assessments tell you about students’ progress on the path to future success, whether that’s the next grade or the next course. They measure what students know and can do based on learning goals for the grade or course. In Mississippi, our first goal is all students proficient and showing growth in all assessed areas. Data from these state assessments is used to determine progress toward meeting this goal.