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State Board of Education Meets

Friday, July 17, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Riley
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The State Board of Education met virtually yesterday and took the following actions:


  • Provided an additional one-year suspension of state requirements related to districts reporting annual employee performance data. MDE will submit a waiver to the USDE to for federal requirements related to the annual reporting of such data.  During the federal waiver discussion, Dr. Wright clarified that should a discussion of testing and accountability requirements arise in the future, that would request a separate waiver to the USDE.
  • Adopted a temporary rule and approved beginning the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to establish a State Board policy governing student attendance in virtual learning.  Districts will provide minimum of 240 instructional minutes per day. For in-person attendance, a student will be marked present or absent. For a student to be marked present via online/distance learning, the student must be authenticated via a learning management system or, if the district does not use a learning management system, the district must make one-on-one contact with a student for the day to authenticate and provide evidence of engagement. MDE staff reported that they will share FAQs with districts early next week. Click here to review the temporary rule and proposed new policy.
  • Approved the FY 22 preliminary Base Student Cost of $5,867.80 and the preliminary MAEP of $2.549 billion. These preliminary estimates were calculated by an external CPA firm.
  • Adopted a temporary rule and approved beginning the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to revise state board policy to give districts flexibility to offer online delivery of courses without the need for courses to be approved via the MS Online Course Application (MOCA) process.
  • Designated 2020-21 critical shortage subjects – SPED, Math, Foreign Language (French, German, and Spanish), and Science (biology, chemistry, and physics). The board also designated 83 school districts and 6 charter schools as geographical shortage areas.
  • Revised licensure requirements to provide that, effective with the 2020-2021 school year, teachers may teach an Advanced Placement (AP) course with the appropriate secondary education content area endorsement.
  • Revised Section 9, Acceleration of the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards to provide that, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, schools must enter non-weighted course grades for dual credit courses in MSIS.  These non-weighted grades will be used in the performance measures for dual credit courses. 
  • Elected its 2020-21 officers: Jason Dean will remain as Chair and Dr. John Kelly will serve as Vice-Chair.