The State Board of Education held its monthly meeting yesterday. Among other agenda items, the Board:
Received the State Superintendent’s monthly report, including the superintendent’s explanation of how the department miscalculated the amount of the teacher pay raise. Dr. Wright attributed the error to MSIS coding issues. She reported that she will bring a corrective action plan to the board in June to ensure that the issue doesn’t happen again. This plan will address MSIS, not the underfunding of the pay raise, as when a board member asked Dr. Wright if MDE could find funds to cover the shortfall, she responded that districts will receive more than enough funds to cover the pay raise the first half of the year until a deficit appropriation can be made in January.
Approved revising the business rules of the Mississippi Statewide Accountability System effective for school year 2018-2019 and thereafter. MDE staff reported that approximately half of the 40 public comments received via the APA process favored the revisions, while the other half expressed concerns. The dual credit revisions go into effect in school year 2019-2020.
Launched Middle School: A LAB for Success, a professional learning pilot program to help middle school teachers and leaders support their students’ social, emotional and academic development to improve student outcomes. The program will start in the 2019-20 school year and includes a series of convenings for teachers and leaders to collaborate on solutions to problems that hinder middle school student success. The 20 middle schools in the pilot will be selected through a competitive request for proposals (RFP).Proposals are due May 30, 2019. Schools will be notified of their selection in June.
Determined that the Humphreys County School District and the Yazoo City Municipal School District will be abolished effective June 1, 2019. The Board voted in April for these two districts to comprise the Mississippi Achievement School District, but did not set the effective date of abolishment until yesterday’s meeting.
Approved beginning the Administrative Procedures Act process to revise Miss. Admin. Code 7-3: 36.5, State Board Policy Chapter 36, Rule 36.5: Additional Assessment Options for Meeting End-of-Course Assessment Graduation Requirements and Appendix A-5 of the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards, 2019. Click here for additional information.
Approved beginning the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to establish the Mississippi Alternate Academic Achievement Standards for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Health, Career Readiness, and Life Skills Development. Click here for additional information.