As Mississippi is moving toward a new funding formula for public education its strides in education are being recognized. Mississippi was recently named one of the top five most improved in the U.S. by Ed Week.
“I am thrilled to see that Mississippi was one of five most improved states in the latest report from Quality Counts,” said Dr. Carey Wright State Superintendent of Education. “This boost in performance between 2017 and 2018 is directly related to increased preschool enrollment and graduation rates. This achievement could not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of students, teachers, leaders and parents in every school district across the state.”
Wright went on to add that they value a strong working relationship with the elected leaders and the Mississippi State Board of Education.
“The Board’s goals and strategic plan serve as the guide for the work of the Mississippi Department of Education, which has a direct impact on changing the education landscape,” Wright said.
She added that raising student performance takes time.
“Dedication and a steady investment in programs and supports that will continue to move the needle of academic achievement in Mississippi,” Wright said. “We know what works – strong commitment to early childhood education, a focus on literacy, high standards for learning, professional development and support to teachers and state assessments that measure what students learn in the classroom. We must not retreat from what has been working. In fact, with continued investments in education, we will continue to see a return on those investments.”
While Governor Bryant said that there was still work to be done, he was grateful for the advancements.
“Our increases in a range of metrics, including enrollment in early learning programs, family income and graduation rates, prove that our efforts to turn our system of public education into the most innovative in America are working,” said Governor Phil Bryant.