- Future of Schools
In 2018, Mississippi First released Understanding District and State Testing in Mississippi. This report uses field research on testing practices in four diverse Mississippi school districts to determine how many tests Mississippi students take and how much time they spend taking those tests.
District and State Testing in Mississippi
Learn about the research we gathered and analyzed to understand district and state testing in Mississippi.
Mississippi First wrote this report to bring much-needed research and analysis to a debate mostly characterized by impassioned anecdotes. The report offers several eye-opening general and comparative findings. Report highlights include the following:
Rachel CanterExecutive Director
Rachel Canter is the Executive Director of Mississippi First and author of many Mississippi First reports, including Leaving Last in Line, the State of Pre-K series, and Public Perception of Public Charter Schools (2019). Rachel founded Mississippi First in 2008.
Angela BassFormer Deputy Director of Policy, 2014-2019
From 2014 to 2019, Angela Bass was the Deputy Director of Policy for Mississippi First and the co-author of The State of Public Pre-K in Mississippi (2011-2012). She analyzed policy and data, developed policy proposals, conducted advocacy activities directed toward policymakers, wrote research and policy papers, and delivered policy presentations.