School Improvement

The Office of School Improvement (OSI) is responsible for supporting the systemic improvement of the lowest performing schools and districts in the State of Mississippi, as well as all turnaround efforts in the state. Along with this responsibility, the OSI oversees the implementation of state legislation regarding low performing schools (MS Code § 37-18-1 through 7). Mississippi Code § 37-18-1, 3, 5, and 7, originally enacted by Senate Bill 2488 of the 2000 Regular Session, calls for the evaluation of “Schools At-Risk”.  The OSI provides support and oversight for at-risk, priority, focus, and School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools.

Request for Applications

The Office of School Improvement is soliciting applications from qualified individuals to serve as School Improvement Coaches supporting the state’s lowest-performing schools for the upcoming school year. Copies of all submitted questions and responses to those questions will be posted to MDE website under the Public Notices section on Wednesday, June 13. 

Questions concerning the RFA should be sent to

The deadline for receipt of the sealed, completed application packet is Tuesday, July 10, at 5:00 p.m. 

2018 School Improvement RFA

MS SOARS Webinar – October 3, 2017

MS SOARS Powerpoint – October 3, 2017

SWIFT Conference Presentation (September 26-27, 2017)

2017-18 Focus, Priority, and SIG Schools

August 2017 Regional Meeting
Evidence Based Interventions Training Schools At-Risk (SAR)
Low Performing Schools
Priority Schools

Focus Schools

Office of School Improvement     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-1003     Fax: (601) 576-3515

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