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State Board of Education Meets

Thursday, May 21, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Riley
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The State Board of Education held its monthly meeting via livestream earlier today, May 21.  The following were among the various agenda items and discussions:

 

  • State Board members Buddy Bailey, the administrator representative on the board, and Brittney Rye, the teacher representative, announced their upcoming retirements and their resignations from the State Board. Governor Tate Reeves will appoint their replacements.
  • Dr. Wright provided board members with an overview of the department’s distance learning plan which focuses on devices and services; connectivity; digital curriculum & learning management system; professional development for teachers, staff & parents; and, computer security, planning & support.  She announced she has appointed a sub-committee of her Superintendents Advisory Council to identify the challenges of reopening schools. 
  • The State Board suspended the statutory requirements for the instruction and assessment of cursive handwriting, as compliance is not feasible due to COVID-19. 
  • MDE staff briefed board members on the results of a regional labor market data analysis as it relates to current CTE course offerings. The analysis found the highest growth occupations in Mississippi are in the healthcare, social services, hospitality, and construction industries. Click here to view the briefing.
  • The State Board approved beginning the APA process to revise the Mississippi School Safety Manual so as to include requirements of the School Safety Act of 2019, revise training criteria for SROs & SSOs, and include epidemic/pandemic response in districts’ school safety plans.
  • The State Board approved beginning the APA process to revise licensure requirements for an Advanced Placement (AP) add-on endorsement so as to allow, effective with the 2020-2021 school year, teachers to teach an AP course with the appropriate secondary education content area endorsement.
  • The State Board approved the following three contracts:
  1. FY 21 contract with Questar for $1.9 million for year 6 of a 10-year contract to administer MAAP-A assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities in 3-8 ELA and Math, 5 and 8 science, and Algebra I, English II & Biology I. Questar has been awarded $13.8 million for years 1-6.
  2. FY 21 contract with Data Recognition Corp (DRC) for $2.7 million for year 3 of a 5-year contract to administer MAAP assessments for 5 and 8 science, Biology and U.S. History. DRC has been awarded $8.8 million for years 1-3.
  3. FY 21 contract with Questar for $7.5 million for year 6 of a 10-year contract to administer MAAP assessments in 3-8 ELA and Math, and Algebra I, English II & options for Geometry and Algebra II. Questar has been awarded $59.6 million for years 1-6.