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Superintendent Carey Wright serves on the PARCC Governing Board. James Mason, Director of the Office of Student Assessment at the Mississippi Department of Education, is the K-12 Lead for PARCC in Mississippi. Casey Turnage, Director of P-20 Initiatives at Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, serves on the PARCC Advisory Committee for College Readiness. Susan Lee, Director of Academic Affairs at the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, and Joan Davis Haynes, Associate Executive Director for Academic and Student Affairs at the Mississippi Community College Board, coordinate PARCC-related postsecondary engagement activities in the state.
Mississippi has been active in the American Diploma Project Network since 2005, aligning its standards and graduation requirements to the expectations of postsecondary education and employers. The Mississippi Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy in June 2010. The state joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers as a Participating State in the spring of 2010 and helped shape PARCC’s proposal for a common, next-generation assessment system.
The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, representing the state’s four-year public universities, have committed to participate in PARCC, help develop the college-ready assessments, and, ultimately, use those assessments as one indicator of students’ readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses. Together, these institutions educate 20% of the freshman entering public colleges and universities in Mississippi. See a full list of participating institutions here.