Mississippi Readiness Policies

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College and Career Readiness Standards and Definition

In 2016, The Mississippi State Board of Education adopted revised Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts. The legislature requires all 11th graders take the ACT. The state pays for one administration. Students who choose to retake the ACT do so at their own expense. Transitional courses (SREB Math and Literacy Readiness) are offered to seniors who have an ACT sub-score between 15-18, but are not required.

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Mississippi

High School Graduation Requirements

Course and Diploma Requirements for Current Seniors

Districts must require students to complete at least 21 units before issuing a high school diploma. Students may choose the traditional academic or career diploma paths. The latter requires students to complete four units in one of 16 career clusters. The Early Exit Exam Option is a diploma path available to students who demonstrate readiness for college and careers by completing an abbreviated curriculum and showing mastery on multiple assessments (the ACT, ACT QualityCore end-of-course exams, and Mississippi Institution of Higher Learning-approved tests).

Subject

Career Pathway

Traditional Pathway

Early Exit Exam Option*

English

4 Credits: 

English I, II and two other credits

4 Credits: 

English I, II and two other credits

4 Credits: 

English I, II and two other credits

Math

3 Credits:

Algebra I and two other credits

3 Credits:

Algebra I and two other credits

3 Credits:

Algebra I and two other credits

Science

3 Credits:

Biology and two other credits

4 Credits:

Biology and three other credits

2 Credits:

Biology and one other credit

Social Studies

3 Credits:

U.S. History

1/2 U.S. Government

1/2 Mississippi Studies

One other credit

4 Credits:

U.S. History

World History

1/2 Geography

1/2 Economics

1/2 U.S. Government

1/2 Mississippi Studies

One other credit

2 1/2 Credits:

U.S. History

World History

1/2 U.S. Government

1/2 Mississippi Studies OR approved equivalent courses

Health/ Physical Education

1/2 Credit: 

Comprehensive Health or Physical Education

1/2 Credit:

Comprehensive Health

1 Credit:

1/2 Comprehensive Health

1/2 Physical Education

Technology

1 Credit:

Integrated Technology

1 Credit:

Business and Technology

1 Credit:

Business and Technology

Career and Technical Education Electives

4 Credits from Student’s Program of Study

Not required

Not required

Art

Not required

1 Credit

1 Credit: Fine Art

Electives 2 1/2 Credits 5 Credits 5 Credits: should align with postsecondary admissions standards
Total Credits 21 24 17.5

Each student must have an individualized career and academic plan (iCAP) that is personalized to meet their educational and career goals. Students who choose the Career Pathway Option must complete 4 career and technical education units and the 2.5 elective units that are specified in their iCAP.

*The Mississippi Early Exit Diploma is for students who are ready to do college level work without remediation. To qualify students must meet the credit requirements and the college and career qualification scores in all core content areas on a series of End of Course (EOC) exams and/or the required benchmarks.

Assessment Requirements

Mississippi administers the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) and Subject Area Testing Program, Second Edition (SATP2) to high school students. MAAP comprises Algebra I and English II exams while SATP2 comprises Biology I and U.S. History assessments. SATP2 scores will constitute 25 percent of a student’s final grade. A passing score in each of the four subject-area tests is required. Students may also use a combination score option to meet graduation requirements if they do not pass any one of the EOCs. All students complete the ACT in grade 11.

Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, Seniors who have failed an end-of-course SATP test may use the test score with their overall course grade to apply for graduation. Students will qualify for this option if their course grade and test score, when evaluated together, demonstrate adequate mastery of course content. State Board Policy 3804 allows students to satisfy assessment requirements through alternative means, such as qualifying ACT sub-scores, earned college credit, or an earned industry certification.