Mississippi Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education:
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****
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. ***
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.*
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