The Mississippi State Board of Education’s monthly meeting, originally scheduled for March, 18, 2021, was held Thursday, March 11. The SBE meeting, though relatively short, provided some valuable information about the state of education in Mississippi. Below is a list of the discussions:
Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Process — The SBE voted to begin the APA process to establish Mississippi secondary curriculum framework for computer science and engineering in career and technical education. This is a yearlong course is designed to instruct middle school students through activities that require modeling, physical design, and coding, leading them to discover how computing and engineering work together to solve problems. You can find out more about this process here.
Spring and Fall 2020 ACT Results — The spring and fall 2020 ACT results were presented to the board. The ACT was administered to juniors in the state of Mississippi during the 2019-2020 school year. Due to COVID-19, the number of students who took the ACT were down across the state. The ACT results can be viewed here.
Report of Graduation and Dropout Rates — The 2021 graduation and dropout rates were calculated and reported to the board. The calculation method determines the high school completion status for students four years after entering 9th Grade for the first time during the 2016-2017 school year. Also included were the 2021 dropout rates for all students and the graduation and dropout rates for students with disabilities. To see these results click here.