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.

school ratings

High school ratings can mask groups of students who struggle

At top-ranked schools, students with disabilities, disadvantages perform no better than peers at F-rated institutions

economic segregation

How Mississippi’s districts are separated into haves and have-nots

Nearly 172,000 students in Mississippi attend schools separated by a district border, but divided by vast economic disparities

segregation academies

Reckoning with Mississippi’s ‘segregation academies’

Like segregated lunch counters and separate entrances, private schools founded to evade integration are reminders of the South’s resistance to equality. But ‘segregation academies’ aren’t relics of the past

Helping rural students thrive

Mississippi had an impressive showing on the Nation’s Report Card this year. But a new report says that drastic change is needed to help the state’s rural students succeed

childhood literacy

Mississippi made the biggest leap in national test scores this year. Is this controversial law the reason why?

Education officials credit efforts an increased focus on childhood literacy, including a controversial retention policy, for the academic gains.

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Aallyah Wright Solutions 2. Tony Young, center, former administrator in Coahoma County and current RISE instructor, helps students navigate math equations using their cell phone calculators during an evening RISE teacher certification cohort class at Coahoma Early College High School in late January.

A major test for would-be teachers will de-emphasize the more difficult math sections

Advocates say the change could help more potential teachers pass, helping schools fill vacancies in communities with shortages

teacher activism

Teacher activism is making Red State governor’s races competitive

Mississippi went big for Trump, but education supporters are threatening a political shakeup

A charter with a D grade is allowed to stay open, but for how long?

Obstacles for one of Mississippi’s first charter schools include teacher and leadership turnover

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