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APA Process 

On July 13, 2017, the State Board of Education (SBE) granted approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to revise State Board Policy Chapter 36, Rule 36.5: Additional Assessment Options for Meeting End-of-Course Subject Area Test to reflect and provide clarification on approved dual enrollment and Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) requirements as assessment options in lieu of passing the end-of-course assessments, effective school year 2017-2018.

Based on inquiries from local districts regarding the use of the Pre-Screen ASVAB score (PICAT) in lieu of the ASVAB, clarification in State Board Policy Rule 36.5 is needed. Also, clarification is needed to specify the college-level courses allowable as part of the dual enrollment/dual credit graduation assessment option. 

Please submit written comments to Dr. Jo Ann Malone, 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 (accreditation@mdek12.org) 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 August 31, 2017. APA Comments will be presented to the board on September 14, 2017.

On July 13, 2017, the State Board of Education (SBE) granted approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to revise Standard 14, Appendix A and Appendix G of the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards, 2016: graduation requirements effective school year 2018-2019.

The Offices of Accreditation, Secondary Education, and Special Education began the process of examining Mississippi diploma requirements in the fall of 2015, with the convening of a Graduation Task Force.  Based on feedback from stakeholders and surveys, the Graduation Task Force has endorsed the following recommendations: one (1) Traditional Diploma with the opportunity for students to earn a career and technical endorsement, academic endorsement or a distinguished academic endorsement, and an Alternate Diploma option for students with significant cognitive disabilities (SCD).

Oral proceedings are scheduled on August 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. and on August 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. These proceedings are open to the public and will be held in the auditorium at the Central High School Building at 359 N. West Street, Jackson, MS 39205.

Please submit written comments to Dr. Jo Ann Malone, 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 (accreditation@mdek12.org) 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 August 31, 2017. APA Comments will be presented to the board on September 14, 2017.

View the MDE News Release here.

Learn more about the proposed diploma options here.

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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