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APA Process 

Office of Educator Quality

1) Approval for Alternate Route Elementary Education Applicants  to Pass Foundations of Reading Test with a  Passing Scale Score of 229 for Elementary Endorsements Effective 7/1/16 2) Approval to make changes to CTE endorsement codes as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development July 10, 2015

Comments should be submitted via email to Melissa Hall (mhall@mde.k12.ms.us) no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 28, 2015, or may be mailed to Melissa Hall in the Office of Student Assessment, P.O. Box 771, Jackson, MS, 39205. All comments on the Educator Quality items must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 28, 2015.


APA Oral Proceeding Notice

The Mississippi Department of Education will hold a public proceeding to receive comments on establishing State Board Policy 4013 – Restraint and Seclusion.  The proceeding will be held on September 30, 2015 at 10:00 am in the Auditorium at the Mississippi Schools for the Blind and Deaf, 1252 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS 39211. 

The proposed State Board Policy 4013 – Restraint and Seclusion can be viewed here and public comments can be sent to bwelch@mde.k12.ms.us.   

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact 601-359-1879. 

            Pat Ross
            Chief School Performance Officer
            Office of School Performance
            Mississippi Department of Education


On August 20, 2015, the State Board of Education granted approval to begin the APA process of the cut score for Mississippi Alternate Assessment of Extended Science Frameworks (MAAESF).  The Standard Setting process is designed to establish the cut scores required to meet the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing as well as corresponding to the identified performance levels.  Comments should be submitted via email (mhall@mde.k12.ms.us) no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 20, 2015, or may be mailed to Melissa Hall in the Office of Student Assessment, P.O. Box 771, Jackson, MS, 39205.

SOS APA Form 001 MAAESF Cut Score
Title 7, Part 148

All comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 20, 2015.


On May 21, 2015, the State Board of Education granted approval to begin the APA process on two documents, both attached for your reference. Please see details below for more information.

  1. The State Board of Education has granted approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to establish the 2015 Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards for English Language Arts.
  2. The State Board of Education has granted approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to establish the 2015 Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

These documents are intended to provide a basis for curriculum development for K-12 teachers, outlining what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level and course. 

Comments on both documents should be submitted online at http://mississippi.statestandards.com, no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 15, 2015, or may be mailed to the address below.

Mississippi Department of Education
MCCRS Feedback Forum
Office of Elementary Education and Reading
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS, 39205

All comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 15, 2015.


On July 16, 2015, the State Board of Education granted approval to begin the APA process to revise State Board Policy 4300.
This policy addresses tiered instruction and interventions, as well as requirements of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act and required screenings for dyslexia in kindergarten and first grade. Comments should be submitted via email (ci@mde.k12.ms.us) no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 13, 2015, or may be mailed to Robin Lemonis in the Office of Elementary Education and Reading, P.O. Box 771, Jackson, MS, 39205.
All comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on August 13, 2015. Questions may be directed to the Office of Elementary Education and Reading at 601.359.2586.

To comment on MDE items on the Secretary of State’s website, click here and enter MDE in the Administrative Bulletin search box.

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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