Mississippi: College and Career Policies

Mississippi requires 4 credits of English to graduate.

Mississippi Curriculum Test (Grades 3-8), Mississippi Science Test (Science, 5&8), Subject Area Testing Program (Graduation Exam, Algebra 1, Biology 1, US History and English 2), Mississippi K-3 Assessment Support System, PARCC (2010)

Mississippi requires between 6.5 and 8 additional credits for graduation depending on diploma path.

Mississippi updated the contemporary health standards in 2012. Mississippi has contemporary health standards for K-8 and 9-12th grades.

In Mississippi, there are many routes to re-certification of an administrative license.

The Department of Mathematics, as part of the Offices of Elementary Education and Reading, and the Office of Secondary Education, is responsible for supporting and training Mathematics teachers, curriculum specialists, administrators, and parents by providing the most up-to-date information and resources needed to implement the 2016 Mississippi College-and Career-Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Mathematics, grades K-12.

Mississippi updated the fine arts standards in 2003.

Mississippi requires 3 credits of math to graduate.

Mississippi has standards in 10 different content areas which include business and technology, contemporary health, early childhood, English language arts, foreign language, math, physical education, science, social studies, and visual performing arts.

Mississippi Curriculum Test (Grades 3-8), Mississippi Science Test (Science, 5&8), Subject Area Testing Program (Graduation Exam, Algebra 1, Biology 1, US History and English 2), Mississippi K-3 Assessment Support System, PARCC (2010)

The Mississippi State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The purpose of the 2013 Mississippi Physical Education Framework is to provide Mississippi physical educators in the public schools with a foundation for developing a quality physical education curriculum. This model provides consistency for physical education programs in the state.

The State Board of Education has authority over the adoption of Career and Technical Education standards.

Mississippi follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Mississippi updated the early childhood standards in 2013. These standards are for 3 and 4 year olds.

Mississippi updated the science standards in 2010.

The Mississippi Statewide Teacher Appraisal Rubric (M-STAR) is an evaluation process designed to improve the professional performance of all educators. M-STAR provides a system of performance assessments based on common standards to gauge teacher effectiveness, help track educational progress, identify areas of need, and improve performance throughout a teacher’s career.

Mississippi requires 3 credits of science for graduation.

The Mississippi Statewide Teacher Appraisal Rubric (M-STAR) is an evaluation process designed to improve the professional performance of all educators. M-STAR provides a system of performance assessments based on common standards to gauge teacher effectiveness, help track educational progress, identify areas of need, and improve performance throughout a teacher’s career. 50% of the annual evaluation is based on student performance measures.

Mississippi updated the social studies standards in 2011.

The Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development recommends standards for certification to the State Board of Education.

Mississippi requires between 3-4 credits in social studies depending on diploma path.

In order to become a certified teacher in Mississippi, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, pass both the Praxis I and II, and hold a 2.75 GPA in pre-program coursework.

Mississippi Curriculum Test (Grades 3-8), Mississippi Science Test (Science, 5&8), Subject Area Testing Program (Graduation Exam, Algebra 1, Biology 1, US History and English 2), Mississippi K-3 Assessment Support System, PARCC (2010)

The Mississippi State Board of Education approves program standards after proposal from the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards.

The Office of Educator Licensure of the Mississippi Department of Education will license qualified candidates who hold at least a bachelor’s degree and who have graduated from a state-approved teacher preparation program. If you graduated from a teacher preparation program in another state, Mississippi will accept your academic credentials as long as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has accredited the program. If you attended college in another country, you must have your academic credentials evaluated by one of the member agencies of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (AAFCS, NAEYC, NCATE, or NASDTEC). This evaluation must be turned in when you apply for teacher licensure in Mississippi.

In order to renew a teaching license, professional development activities must be completed.

Mississippi updated the English language arts standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Mississippi updated its world language standards in 2016.