Mississippi Board of Education
March 17, 2005
10:00 A.M.
4th Floor Boardroom
Central High School Building
359 North West Street
Jackson, Mississippi


1.          Report of State Superintendent of Education  

2.          Legislative Update (Steve Williams/Joy Milam) Back-up material

3.          Discussion of an initial Accredited status for Millcreek of Batesville School   (Steve Williams) Back-up material

4.          Report on Mississippi World Class Teaching Program (Ms. Lisa Anderson, Director Mississippi World Class Teaching Program, Mississippi State University) Back-up material

5.          Report on SERVE Center Activities in Mississippi (Frankie White) Back-up material

6.         Discussion of modifying contract with NCS Pearson, Inc., to conduct a special administration of the Functional Literacy Exam for seniors attempting to graduate in May 2005 (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

7.         Discussion of the methodology to select eligible applicants to provide a comprehensive service delivery model for migrant children and families (Title I, Part C) (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

8.         Discussion of contract renewal with America’s Choice (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

9.         Discussion of Agreement for Service between Mississippi School of the Arts and Entergy (Susan Rucker/Ron Love) Back-up material

10.       Discussion of revision of State Board of Education Policy IIB-3 Assessment of Special Populations (Susan Rucker) Back-up material

11.       Discussion of Articulation Agreement Template and Dual Enrollment Course Equivalency List to be utilized in forming articulation agreements between local school districts, institutions of higher learning and community and junior colleges (Bonita Potter) Back-up material

12.       Discussion of revision to the Mississippi Guidelines for English Language Learners (Bonita Potter) Back-up material

13.       Discussion of revision of the 1999 Vocational and Technical Education Equipment Management Tracking System (EMTS) Policies and Procedures Manual (James Sardin)  Back-up material

14.       Discussion of collaboration between the Office of Vocational and Technical Education and the Office of Academic Education to provide flexibility in secondary course offerings and the awarding of Carnegie unit credit (Susan Rucker/James Sardin/Bonita Potter) Back-up material

15.       Discussion of grant for an extension of State accreditation visits as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification, and Licensure and Development (Daphne Buckley) Back-up material

16.       Discussion of school districts with need for administrators to participate in the Mississippi School Administrator Sabbatical Program (Daphne Buckley) Back-up material

17.       Discussion of removing the financial advisor from the Leland School District (John Jordan/Todd Ivey) Back-up material

18.       Discussion of methodology for awarding competitive grants to local school districts for the “Health Is Academic” Start-Up Grant Initiative (Regina Ginn) Back-up material      

19.       Discussion of methodology for selecting Level 2 schools to receive assistance with a safe and orderly climate evaluation based on the Office of School Improvement’s Priority School Model (Regina Ginn/Robert Campbell) Back-up material

20.       Discussion of contract modification with TecInfo, Inc., to provide statewide Internet filtering for the K-12 community (Derrick Lindsay)  Back-up material

21.       Discussion of appointment of Superintendent of Mississippi School for the Deaf   (Ethel Carson)  Back-up material

22.       Report of personnel actions (Ethel Carson)  Back-up material

23.       Discussion of items, which have cleared the Administrative Procedures Act process: (James Sardin)

  • Proposed revisions to the School Level Accountability Model Based on Achievement and Growth included in the Mississippi Statewide Accountability System (Office of Educational Accountability – Steve Williams) Back-up material-Part A
  • Revised State Board Policy IL-2 (Vocational Achievement/Vocational and Technical Ongoing Program Parameters) Back-up materia;-Part B
  • Revised Mississippi Secondary and Postsecondary Vocational Curriculum Frameworks (Office of Vocational Instructional Development – James Sardin) Back-up material w/comments-Part C
  • Revised Guidelines for Mississippi Educator Licensure K-12-Expansion of the Teach Mississippi Institute, as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure Development (Office of Quality Educators – Daphne Buckley) Back-up material-Part D
  • Revised Guidelines for Mississippi Educator Licensure K-12-Administrator Alternate Route Program, as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure Development (Office of Quality Educators – Daphne Buckley) Back-up material-Part E

24.       Discussion of consent agenda items Part A, Part B, Part C, Part D

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