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Findings by State - Mississippi

Overview

Scope of Review in Mississippi
  1617 New teachers from the state's higher education institutions included in Review (2010)
  14 Institutions evaluated by NCTQ in the 2013 Review
-14 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-14 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
  11 Institutions with sufficient data for an overall program rating
-Collectively supplying 98% of the state's traditionally trained teachers
-10 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-10 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
64% Institutions sharing information for the Review
Big "take-aways" about teacher preparation in Mississippi:

  • Highly rated programs -- Across the country, NCTQ identified 21 elementary programs (4 percent of those rated) and 84 secondary programs (14 percent) for the Teacher Prep Review Honor Roll, meaning that a program earns at least three out of four possible stars. No Mississippi programs are on the Honor Roll.

  • Selectivity in admissions -- The Review found that only 7 percent of elementary and secondary programs in Mississippi restrict admissions to the top half of the college-going population, compared to 28 percent nationwide. Countries where students consistently outperform the U.S. typically set an even higher bar, with teacher prep programs recruiting candidates from the top third of the college-going population. New legislation recently passed in Mississippi raises admissions requirements for programs.

Some worry that increasing admissions requirements will have a negative effect on the diversity of teacher candidates. By increasing the rigor and therefore the prestige of teacher preparation the profession will attract more talent, including talented minorities. This is not an impossible dream: 83 programs across the country earn a Strong Design designation on this standard because they are both selective and diverse, although no such programs were found in Mississippi.

  • Early reading instruction -- Although just 60 percent of evaluated elementary programs in Mississippi are preparing teacher candidates in effective, scientifically based reading instruction, this is a better result than the small minority of programs (29 percent) providing such training nationally.

  • Elementary math -- A mere 19 percent of evaluated elementary programs nationwide provide strong preparation to teach elementary mathematics, training that mirrors the practices of higher performing nations such as Singapore and South Korea. 50 percent of the evaluated elementary programs in Mississippi provide such training, well above the national finding.

  • Student teaching -- Of the evaluated elementary and secondary programs in Mississippi, 48 percent entirely fail to ensure a high quality student teaching experience, in which candidates are assigned only to highly skilled teachers and receive frequent concrete feedback. 71 percent of programs across the country failed this standard.

  • Classroom management -- 13 percent of the evaluated Mississippi elementary and secondary programs earn a perfect four stars for providing feedback to teacher candidates on concrete classroom management strategies to improve classroom behavior, compared to 23 percent of evaluated programs nationwide.

  • Content preparation -- 29 percent of Mississippi's elementary programs earn three or four stars for providing teacher candidates adequate content preparation, compared to 11 percent of elementary programs nationwide. At the high school level, 25 percent of Mississippi secondary programs earn four stars for content preparation, compared to 35 percent nationwide. The major problem at the secondary level is that programs' requirements for social science certifications do not ensure that candidates are prepared in the content of every subject they will be licensed to teach.

  • Outcome data -- 11 percent of Mississippi's evaluated programs earn four stars for collecting data on their graduates, compared to 26 percent of evaluated programs in the national sample. In the absence of state efforts to connect student achievement data to teacher preparation programs, administer surveys of graduates and employers or require administration of teacher performance assessments (TPAs), programs that fare poorly on this standard have not taken the initiative to collect any such data on their own.

Mississippi Elementary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Mississippi Secondary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution



Programs that earned 3-star rating or more

No 3-star rated programs

Consumer Alert: Programs earning no stars

Endorsers of the Review in Mississippi

Mississippi First

Mississippi's Teacher Prep Review was made possible by the following foundations and organizations

Mississippi funders
Barksdale Reading Institute
Foundation For The Mid South
Phil Hardin Foundation
The Bower Foundation
Walker Foundation

A limited portion of funds was provided by national funders
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Gleason Family Foundation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Searle Freedom Trust
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
The Teaching Commission
Anonymous (2)

Institution List

Institutions with Teacher Training Rated
Alcorn State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  30
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Belhaven University Annual new teacher production (2010):  19
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education Some standard scores available
Blue Mountain College Annual new teacher production (2010):  48
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education Some standard scores available
Delta State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  73
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education
Jackson State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  66
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education Some standard scores available
Millsaps College Annual new teacher production (2010):  15
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Mississippi College Annual new teacher production (2010):  56
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Mississippi State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  328
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Mississippi University for Women Annual new teacher production (2010):  79
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education
Mississippi Valley State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  14
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Tougaloo College Annual new teacher production (2010):  4
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Mississippi Annual new teacher production (2010):  336
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Southern Mississippi Annual new teacher production (2010):  178
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education
William Carey University Annual new teacher production (2010):  371
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education

Institutions with Teacher Training Not Rated

Rust College

State Context

Good preparation does not guarantee that teachers will ultimately be effective, but there is much that states can do to ensure that new teachers are classroom ready. The tables below are drawn from NCTQ's 2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook (Full State Report here) and offer a summary of Mississippi's teacher preparation policies, identifying strong policies and those in need of improvement. 

Each state has a set of laws, rules and regulations that govern how teachers are prepared for the classroom. These policies establish guidelines for admission to teacher preparation programs, set standards for what teachers should know and be able to do in order to be licensed, and can be used to hold preparation programs accountable for the quality of teachers they produce.

Although states regulate most aspects of how teachers are prepared, where in each state this authority lies is not standard across the country. And in some states, authority for different components of teacher preparation rests with different entities.