JACKSON, MS. — MAE President Joyce Helmick has been appointed to serve as a member of the Mississippi Student Testing Task Force by State Superintendent Carey Wright, Mississippi Department of Education. The Task Force’s inaugural meeting will be held  on June 19 beginning at 9:00 a.m. For the full roster of members CLICK HERE.

Rising High School seniors are invited to apply to be included in the Task Force. CLICK HERE for the application. Student video applications are due no later than MAY 25.

The Department ‘s explanation of the Task Force’s purpose and goals, as well as a solicitation for comment, appears below in this article from the Department’s web site.

Mississippi Student Testing Task Force

In May 2018 the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) established the Mississippi Student Testing Task Force to examine current student testing on the state and local school district levels and to determine best practices for monitoring student progress in meeting grade-level and subject area learning goals.

The goals of the task force are:

  •  to determine the types, quality and amount of tests students take on the state and district level;
  •  to provide recommendations on ways to ensure student testing is streamlined but measures the learning goals designed by Mississippi teachers;
  •  to discover and recommend best practices for student testing on the state and district level.

Meetings of the task force will be live streamed and archived. The task force will produce a report on its findings and recommendations by December 2018.

The MDE will be accepting public comment on student testing at the following address:

All comments will be made available publicly on a monthly basis.