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

How does Mississippi really compare when it comes to graduation rates?

New report highlights strong points, challenges in getting all kids to graduation

What happens when you give a district the freedom to innovate?

Mississippi district adopts modified calendar, new exam system and multiple diploma options

Report finds ‘significant’ decreases in state’s achievement gap

Math and reading proficiency rates increase for all students over six-year period

Kristen Wells works with a small group of students in Terrol McElroy’s classroom at Emmalee Isable Elementary in Jackson while McElroy observes. (Photo: Jackie Mader)

Is repeating third grade — again and again — good for kids?

A state makes students repeat third grade, sometimes more than once, to help them learn to read

Why do suspension rates vary so much in Mississippi—and how can districts change that?

Report finds in many districts, more than 20 percent of students were suspended in one school year

Chronic absences, poverty impacting outcomes for Mississippi’s children, report says

Report shows the state at the bottom of the nation in education and child well-being

Are Mississippi’s students prepared for college?

Data show more than half of incoming students at some post-secondary institutions require remediation

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Mississippi legislators whittle down number of education bills

Flexible spending accounts, anti-bullying legislation still alive

Mississippi suspends pilot child care inspection program

Officials developing new plan to roll out more inspections statewide

How would Betsy DeVos impact education in Mississippi?

Would her ideas work in a rural state?

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