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*Please contact your child's school for additional information about school participation.
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 PARCC assessment measures real world skills that colleges value, like critical thinking and problem solving. That’s why all of Mississippi’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC. They helped develop the assessments to ensure that it measures college readiness.
Mississippi’s college and universities will use those assessments as one of the indicators of a student’s readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses – and because these institutions educate every freshman entering public colleges and universities in Mississippi, we’re ensuring that our students succeed.
See a full list of participating institutions here.