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Mississippi Education

A Profile on Mississippi Education and Schools


Mississippi Education

Mississippi Department of Education

Mississippi Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Dr. Carey M. Wright

District/School Information

Length of School Year: A minimum of 180 school days is required by Mississippi state law.

Number of Public School Districts: There are 152 public school districts in Mississippi.

Number of Public Schools: There are 1087 public schools in Mississippi. ****

Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 490,619 public school students in Mississippi. ****

Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 32,007 public school teachers in Mississippi.****

Number of Charter Schools: There are 0 charter schools in Mississippi.

Per Pupil Spending: Mississippi spends $7,894 per pupil in public education. ****

Average Class Size: The average class size In Mississippi is 15.3 students per 1 teacher. ****

% of Title I Schools: 69.5% of schools in Mississippi are Title I Schools.****

% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 13.0% of students in Mississippi are on IEP's. ****

% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 1.2% of students in Mississippi are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****

% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 71.0% of students in Mississippi schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****

Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****

White: 46.0%

Black: 49.6%

Hispanic: 2.5%

Asian: 0.9%

Pacific Islander: 0.0%

American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.2%

School Assessment Data

Graduation Rate: 63.8% of all students entering high school in Mississippi graduate. **

ACT/SAT rank: 125.4 students per 1000 in Mississippi had a score of 25+ on the ACT or a 1780+ on the SAT. ***

8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****

Math: 271 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Mississippi. The U.S. average was 284.

Reading: 253 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Mississippi. The U.S. average was 266.

% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 78.8% of students in Mississippi go on to attend some level of college. ***

Private Schools

Number of Private Schools: There are 230 private schools in Mississippi.*

Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 49,311 private school students in Mississippi.*

Teacher Pay

The average teacher pay for the state of Mississippi was $41,510.00 in 2009.##

The state of Mississippi has a teacher’s minimum salary schedule. However, some districts may negotiate salaries with their teachers.


*Data courtesy of Education Bug .

**Data courtesy of ED.gov

***Data courtesy of the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policy Making and Analysis

****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics

##Average salary courtesy of Teacher Salary Info

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