Mississippi

The largely poor and rural state of Mississippi suffers from the highest rate of childhood poverty in the country, along with some of the lowest scores on standardized tests. A legacy of racism and segregation are among the roadblocks that keep the children of Mississippi from reaching their full potential. See all our Special Reports

A student in Lynn Chapman’s kindergarten class works on a workbook lesson about height.

Can 5-year-olds in Mississippi conquer the Common Core?

Standards are becoming harder and Mississippi kindergartens start school behind their peers in other states

After years of reform, a sign of hope for a rural Mississippi school

In rural Mississippi, a focus on reading basics, intervention, shows promising third grade results

Mississippi to open first early college program styled after schools in North Carolina

Sixteen-year-old Julio Martinez and 15-year-old Aaron Penny read and joke together during a free period at Johnston County Early College Academy on April 24. Photo: Kayleigh Skinner…

McComb Superintendent Cederick Ellis untangles a student’s medal from his beaded necklace. Ellis honored students who maintained an A average for three consecutive grading periods.

McComb educators savor small victories while wondering: Where have all the black boys gone?

Black boys are missing in graduation pictures in Mississippi

Getting to graduation: Mississippi’s state-wide push to keep kids in school

Dropping out will cost students $260,000 in lost earnings, study says

In this April 14, 2015 photograph, third grade students in Stephanie Slayter’s class at Cherokee Elementary School in Pascagoula, Miss., wait for teachers to pick up computers after completing a computerized 50-question multiple choice third-grade reading test. Across Mississippi, 38,000 third graders, their parents and teachers are waiting to find out whether they’ll be moving on to fourth grade.

More than 5,000 Mississippi third-graders could be held back this year for low reading scores

In this April 14, 2015 photograph, third grade students in Stephanie Slayter’s class at Cherokee Elementary School in Pascagoula, Miss., wait for teachers to pick up computers after…

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Darla Miller, a third-grade teacher in the Neshoba County School District, says that Common Core has not changed much in her classroom, but testing has led to extensive changes.

Testing gives third-graders upset stomachs, tears and even fevers

An interview with a Mississippi teacher

Beverly Hale reads to children at a local daycare as part of the Indianola Promise Community’s child literacy program.

Can a successful model from Harlem deliver ‘Promise’ to schools in rural Mississippi?

Beverly Hale reads to children at a local daycare as part of the Indianola Promise Community’s child literacy program. Photo: Kayleigh Skinner INDIANOLA, Miss. — Katrice…

Mississippi district’s black students make up a third of enrollment, but half of all suspensions

Community group files complaint alleging Desoto County schools are violating black students’ civil rights

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