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MDE Announces School Districts Approved for Computer Science Pilot Program

by Xi Guo | Feb 28, 2018


Carey M. Wright, Ed.D., State Superintendent of Education

Office of Communications & Legislative Support
Patrice Guilfoyle, APR, Director of Communications *601-359-3706 *FAX:  601-359-3033
Jean Cook, Communications Specialist *601-359-3519


NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: February 28, 2018

MDE Announces School Districts Approved for Computer Science Pilot Program

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced today that 21 school districts have been approved to participate in the third year of the computer science pilot program (CS4MS).

The following districts have been approved to participate in the pilot:

  • Biloxi Public School District
  • Booneville School District
  • Calhoun County School District
  • DeSoto County School District
  • Enterprise School District
  • Forrest County School District
  • Grenada School District
  • Holly Springs School District
  • Jefferson Davis School District
  • Jones County School District
  • Long Beach School District
  • McComb School District
  • North Bolivar School District
  • North Panola School District
  • North Tippah School District
  • Petal School District
  • Quitman City School District
  • Quitman County School District
  • Stone County School District
  • Tupelo School District
  • Webster County School District

Over the course of the three-year pilot, 75 districts have participated in offering computer science courses and materials to their students.  This summer, the MDE will provide training for over 400 teachers, bringing the total trained during the pilot period to over 800 teachers.

“School districts’ efforts are putting Mississippi at the forefront of the national movement to offer computer science to all students, which will better prepare them for their futures. Adding computer science to our curriculum across the state ensures our students will be well-equipped for college and the ever-increasing technology influence in all careers,” said Jean Massey, executive director of the Office of Secondary Education.

The MDE has developed learning standards for computer science that will be available to all school districts for the 2018-19 school year.



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