Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dept. of Education presents "Mississippi Succeeds"

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.  

MDE Announces Meetings to Present “Mississippi Succeeds” Plan for Student Achievement

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced today a series of public meeting dates to unveil the state’s draft plan for elevating teaching and learning while focusing on school and district accountability. Public comments from a statewide listening tour informed the development of initiatives outlined in the Mississippi Succeeds plan, which is designed to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal law that replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

“We thank all the parents, educators and concerned citizens who attended meetings last fall to provide feedback on the information they need to determine if their students and their schools are successful. Their thoughts and concerns influenced the comprehensive state plan we plan to submit to the U.S. Department of Education in September,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education.

MDE staff will present the draft state plan to the Mississippi State Board of Education during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Friday at 9 a.m., and following Board vote approval, a 30-day public comment period will begin.

ESSA is the latest version of the nation’s main K-12 law that has a longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. The law aims to scale back the hands-on federal role in elementary and secondary education found in the NCLB legislation.

The areas that will be addressed in the meetings include:

·         State measures of student success; 
·         Resources to help parents/communities understand how to help students;

·         Methods to track the academic success of all students by subgroup, such as race, students with disabilities, English learners and economic status;

·         Efforts to increase teacher and leader quality; and

·         Improvement strategies for underperforming schools. 

For the past year, MDE staff have been meeting with a wide range of stakeholders to get input on Mississippi’s plan. More than 500 people submitted online questions and comments, and more than 700 people attended 15 stakeholder engagement meetings in eight regions around the state. As a result, the MDE received more than 7,300 points of feedback from parents, students, teachers, school administrators, university and college staff, advocacy groups, business leaders, school board members and public officials.

Mississippi’s plan for ESSA reflects many of the state’s educational priorities stated in the Mississippi State Board of Education’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. The Board’s strategic plan focuses on student growth and proficiency, high-quality classroom instruction and school leadership, every student graduating ready for college and career, high-quality early learning opportunities, effective use of data, and supporting low-performing schools and districts.

The following meeting locations and dates have been set. All stakeholders are invited to attend and complete a survey following a review of the draft plan. Each meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

June 26


Woodall Advanced Technology Center

906 Sullivan Dr.


June 27


MDE Auditorium – 2nd floor, Central High School Building

359 N. West St.


June 29


Oxford Conference Center

102 Ed Perry Boulevard

An executive summary of the draft plan can be found here. For more information about ESSA, visit http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/SSE/essa .


Anonymous said...

The plan, in a nutshell:

1. Identify some aggregate numbers we want to see improve.

2. Say that we REALLY intend for these numbers to improve, and we REALLY mean it this time.

3. Something something professional development something early childhood something world class data something something.

4. Success!

Anonymous said...

Words are meaningless. Mississippi stays in 50th place regardless of who the latest invention of State Supt is. Carey Wright applied for this position in multiple states and has not done shit (other than blow money and contract with her buds). Face it.

Anonymous said...

Spend a lot of money for out of state consulting firms to tell us what to target and spend more money then hire one of the consultants to implement the plan and spend more money and still be right where we are...

Rinse, Repeat....

Anonymous said...

They are engaging the public because they are required to do so as part of this big bag of bullshit.

Cash Me Ousside, How Bou Dah said...

Dangit - I thought for a minute it said Mississippi Secedes, oh well...

Anonymous said...

Basically got it right, except for the "eed" part.

Anonymous said...

6:36pm: what out of state money?

8:36pm: exactly. Bag o' turds or not, it is a requirement as passed by the GOP Congress

The rest of you haven't figured out yet that public education only succeeds when the public supports it. Self fulfilling prophecy. You think it sucks so teachers and kids get down and live up to your own low expectations. Places like KS and UT do better because they support public ed and EXPECT good things. Public ed responds. Not about money, but expectations. The situation will never change until your shitty attitude does.

Anonymous said...

I posted a comment about Mississippi Secedes and KF rejected it, but some other dude says exactly the same thing and gets approved. I swear to Elvis I have no idea what the criteria are to get past the mystery approval process.

His little visitor must be in town for the weekend. That would explain these mood swings.

Anonymous said...

6:36 - Learn to read. Where did you matriculate as a scholar? JPS? The post says 'spend a lot of money for out of state consulting firms'. It does not say 'out of state money'.

Leave it to a clown who took 'Guidance Ed 101' to blame our position on the self fulfilling prophesy. And you even got that one wrong. Public education problems in this state are not a result of our expectations. We 'expected better' from 1964 through about 2000 and education circled the bowl all those years. Now we don't 'expect it', we simply accept it.

Anonymous said...

6:35am 10:24pm has a valid point. There's a great deal of research that human ( starting as children) live up or down to the expectations they have for themselves and others have for them.

Mississippi tends to set minimum standards and have a "we can't", "we are too poor" attitude at every level, not just education.

The other dysfunctional attitudes prevalent among our elected and appointed officials that are holding us down are as follows: 1)If in ain't broke don't fix it ( which prevents one from looking at to future or making improvements 2) It was good enough for me and I turned out alright ( which ignores that others turned out better and you might could have as well) 3) " It's those other folks" ( which keeps one from examining how they might improve " their folks"4) I ain't got time to read ( you can't know what you don't know ) and 5) I just vote what my people want ( your people can't know what they don't know and it's you job to inform them of what's possible.

I know this because I actually dealt with the legislature for years and tried to interest them in successes in other states . I also worked with elected officials in successful efforts elsewhere and their attitude was " There's nothing we can't do if try hard enough and keep trying until we get it right". And, they worked together instead of arguing and casting blame all the damn time.

If you are on the bottom, you can look at what those at the top did and didn't do the you didn't do and did. Mississippi You stop doing what doesn't work and start doing what does!

Kingfish said...

Might want to check the screen name you used for your comment. The actual comment was fine.

Anonymous said...

8:16am I wish Kingfish had a Like button because your comment is spot on. Stupid is as stupid does. Everybody and I mean e'rebody needs to think big and stop being petty.

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