APA Process 

On May 18, 2017, the State Board of Education (SBE) granted approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Process to revise the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards 2016 to revise Appendix A-3 and G graduation requirements effective school year 2017-2018.

The proposed revisions will revise Appendix A-3 and Appendix G to reflect the recent 2017 legislation change, Senate Bill 242, suspending the Mississippi Occupational Diploma (MOD) and Career Pathways Option for seniors 2019-2020. The MOD and Career Pathways Option shall not be available to any student entering the 9th grade in 2017-2018.

Please submit written comments to Jo Ann Malone, Executive Director, Office of Accreditation, 359 N. West Street, Post Office Box 771, Jackson, MS 39205-0771. You may also submit comments in writing by e-mail ( or by fax at 601-359-1979.

All comments must be received in the Office of Accreditation no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 12, 2017. APA Comments will be presented to the board on June 16, 2017.

APA Listserv Signup

Section 25-43-3.103 of the Mississippi Code provides requirements for proper filing with the Secretary of State for publication in the Administrative Bulletin.  Beginning March 1, 2015, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will no longer provide courtesy notification of APA submissions.  In order to receive notice of Board approved APA filings, all interested parties will need to make an official request to the MDE by registering your email address with the MDE APA listserv.  Only those who have properly registered will receive notice of agency APA submissions within three (3) days after proper filing with the Secretary of State’s Office.

To sign up for the APA Listserv notifications, click the link below:

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