School Improvement Webinars and Meeting

Greetings Superintendents:

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), beginning with the 2018-19 school year, requires our state to identify statewide categories of schools for support and improvement.  These categories are Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI), and Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI). Additionally, Mississippi Code Annotated 37-18-3 and 37-18-5 require the identification of any school with an accountability rating of “F” as a School At-Risk (SAR).

The Office of Student Performance provided districts with the preliminary school improvement designations for identified schools on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.  To support identified schools, the Office of School Improvement will host two webinars in October and a convening in November.  The webinars will provide district and school leaders with guidance around the school improvement process as well as the expectations for completing school improvement plans.  In addition to the webinars, the Office of School Improvement will host a three-day convening i3 Innovate, Inspire, Ignite: The Measure of a Leader, from Wednesday, November 7 to Friday, November 9 at the Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, MS.

To register for the webinars, click the applicable link provided below.

October 5, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Implementation Overview for Schools with CSI, TSI, ATSI, or SAR Designations – This webinar will provide an overview of expectations for identified schools and their respective districts, including information pertaining to the PowerPoint presentation format, interview protocol, and the artifact submission process.

October 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Guidance for Developing 2018-19 School Improvement Plans – This webinar will outline the process and procedures for developing your school’s plan.

All webinars will be recorded and posted to the Office of School Improvement’s webpage if your schedule does not permit participation on the scheduled date of presentation.  

To register for the convening, click the link provided below.

 November 7-9, 2018   

i3 Innovate, Inspire, Ignite: The Measure of a Leader – District Teams of four people, comprised of the principal of an identified school, counselor, lead teacher, and the federal programs director will attend this three-day convening that will provide deeper guidance for the school improvement process under ESSA.

 To register, please click the link and search for “i3”.  All registration questions should be directed to the RCU.  Please call 662.325.2510 or e-mail

You can find more information about how CSI and TSI schools are determined and a list of frequently asked questions on the Office of School Improvement webpage on the Mississippi Department of Education website.   

Should you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of School Improvement at 601.359.1003.