There are over 490,000 students enrolled in preK-12 public education in Mississippi.

In the fall of 2011, 52% of Mississippi’s first-time, full-time community college students entered unprepared for college-level courses.

22,000 Mississippi community college students needed remedial courses in 2011.

53% of Mississippi students taking the ACT college entrance test met the English college-readiness benchmark, compared to 67% nationally.

We believe many factors, both in-school and out-of-school, may contribute to low achievement and achievement gaps in Mississippi. However, we also believe—based on research and experience—that schools have tremendous power to substantially narrow achievement gaps and raise low achievement, regardless of their causes. We believe that in order for Mississippi’s outcomes to improve, schools must take primary responsibility for leading this hard work.

To learn more about our policy position on school turnaround, click here.

School Turnaround Initiatives

  • Common Core State Standards
  • 1003g School Improvement Grant
  • Teacher and leader quality policy

To learn more about our school turnaround initiatives, please visit the Our Initiatives page.

School Turnaround Blog Posts

MSF’s Position on HB 504

March 24, 2014 by MacKenzie Stroh
Mississippi First releases Position Paper on HB 504 JACKSON, MS—On March 24, 2014, Mississippi First released an official position paper on House Bill 504.  The paper provides background on teacher pay in Mississippi, details both the House and Senate plans for teacher pay raises, and...

MSF launches Choose Excellence

November 8, 2013 by MSF Staff
Today, Mississippi First launched Choose Excellence, a campaign dedicated to supporting the Common Core State Standards in Mississippi. Choose Excellence is part of CommonCoreMS, a new Mississippi First initiative which is dedicated to providing resources and information about implementing Common Core State Standards in Mississippi schools....

MSF Weighs in on Graduation Rate Controversy

November 7, 2012 by MSF Staff
Executive Director Rachel Canter has been in a spate of news stories about the State Board of Education’s 2012 decision to remove graduation rates from state accountability rankings this year.

For Ed Wonks: New Study on the Characteristics of High Performing Schools

February 8, 2012 by MSF Staff
One of the most essential questions education research needs to answer is what makes some schools more effective than others, when controlling for student characteristics. Research tells us that inputs like money, class size (for most students), and even teacher credentials (like certification, years of...