Mississippi Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education:Dr. Lynn J. House
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 1097 public schools in Mississippi. ****
Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 492,481 public school students in Mississippi. ****
Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 33,103 public school teachers in Mississippi.****
Number of Charter Schools: There is 1 charter schools in Mississippi.
Per Pupil Spending: Mississippi spends $8,028 per pupil in public education. ****
Average Class Size: The average class size In Mississippi is 14.9 students per 1 teacher. ****
% of Title I Schools: 69.6% of schools in Mississippi are Title I Schools.****
% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 12.9% 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: 70.7% of students in Mississippi schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****
Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****
Asian/Pacific Islander: 0.9%
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: 269 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Mississippi. The U.S. average was 283.
Reading: 254 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Mississippi. The U.S. average was 264.
% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 77.4% of students in Mississippi go on to attend some level of college. ***
Number of Private Schools: There are 231 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