School Choice Score: 68%
Mississippi has three different choice programs including one Education Savings account. Unfortunately, their programs are all limited in scope to only serve students with disabilities which limits their ability to provide opportunity for all students throughout the state.
Charter Schools Score: 62%
Mississippi’s law places several preconditions on charter schools before allowing them to open. These preconditions have limited the growth of charter schools and as of now only three schools have opened.
Online Learning Score: 62%
School districts may restrict student enrollment in online coursework. In April 2013, a modest improvement to the state’s charter law allowed for charter schools to provide online content. Their MS Virtual Public School serves students in grades 9-12, though all students are required to gain approval from their local school district, and home-schooled students must pay for their courses. Funding follows the student to the school of their choice, however there are limited options for students wishing for alternative choices.
Teacher Quality Score: 75%
Delivering Well Prepared Teachers C-
Expanding the Pool of Teachers B-
Identifying Effective Teachers C-
Retaining Effective Teachers C
Exiting Ineffective Teachers D+