State: Mississippi


Your Guide to Data and Services for Mississippi

SREB works with Mississippi policymakers, colleges and schools to help them improve education. From this page, find independent, accurate data, reliable best practices and ways to share scarce resources. Plus, details on how Mississippi makes use of SREB’s many targeted programs and services.

Mississippi Members of the Board

Phil Bryant, Governor of Mississippi, Jackson, ex officio (2016)
Terry Burton, State Senator, Newton (2020)
Videt Carmichael, State Senator, Meridian (2018)
Mimmo Parisi, Professor and Director, National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, Mississippi State University, Jackson (2017)
Laurie Smith, Education and Workforce Development Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor, Jackson (2019)

(Appointments to the Board are made by the Governor. Terms expire June 30 of the specified year.)

Mississippi Members of the Legislative Advisory Council

Terry C. Burton, State Senator, Newton
Videt Carmichael, State Senator, Meridian
Nolan Mettetal, State Representative, Sardis
John L. Moore, State Representative, Brandon

Publication September 20165 pages

College Affordability Profile

To help policymakers assess and improve college affordability in their states, SREB provides tailored reports on the policies, programs and prices that drive affordability. Each member-state profile details net price at different types of institutions, state financial aid based on need or other factors, student borrowing, and percentage of family income needed to pay for college at different income levels.

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Publication June 201640 pages(16E07-MS)

Mississippi: Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace

Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace is the seventh biennial report to SREB states on their progress in meeting SREB’s Challenge to Lead goals for education. Each customized state report documents progress on both measurable outcomes and state policies. Through effective policy implementation, the goals can help states drive improvements in student achievement, high school graduation, college completion and workforce readiness.


Strategies That Work
Sheri Blankenship

You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

Sheri Blankenship is an instructional coach with Rankin County School District in Brandon, Mississippi. An experienced English teacher, Blankenship knows her way around a classroom. But Literacy Design Collaborative strategies help her focus her lessons, so students get a clear picture of what they must learn to meet college and career standards.


Mississippi: Readiness endorsement for teaching certificates
State news about SREB Readiness Courses

In the summer of 2015, the Mississippi Department of Education trained more than 200 teachers — more than 60 in Literacy Ready and 160 in Math Ready. To support these teachers, Mississippi created an SREB Ready endorsement. The state affixes an SREB Literacy Ready or SREB Math Ready endorsement to the certifications of teachers who complete the initial training and the online follow-up training.

Publication September 20144 pages

High School to College and Careers, Mississippi

Are standards, assessments and readiness policies aligned to promote smooth transitions? Details on Mississippi policies and requirements for high school graduation, accelerated learning, academic and career planning, college and career readiness, college admission, state financial aid and more.


Publication May 20133 pages

Mississippi Accountability Profile

Mississippi’s plans under federal waivers to No Child Left Behind: policies for raising student achievement, evaluating school performance, and identifying low-performing schools for state assistance.


Publication June 201236 pages(12E04)

Mississippi: A Decade of Progress

This report outlines a decade of the state’s progress toward meeting SREB’s Challenge to Lead education goals. Data on key education measures for each of the 12 goals are presented, with commentary that puts the information in a regional and national context. The lead figures on each page also are available as PowerPoint slides at