Proposed changes to Mississippi Testing Accommodations Manual; public comment deadline Jan. 28

The State Board of Education (SBE) granted approval Dec. 16 to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to revise Miss. Code 7-12: Mississippi Testing Accommodations Manual (MTAM), which was substantially revised to meet the current needs of all students in a digital testing environment.

The revised edition of the MTAM outlines accessibility supports that are allowable and non-allowable for the Mississippi Statewide Assessment System. Universal features are available for all students;  accessibility features and accommodations are available for eligible students [i.e., a current  Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Plan, Language Service Plan, and documented recommendations by the Student Evaluation Team.

To review the APA notice, please visit the Mississippi Department of Education APA webpage at All public comments must be received in the Office of Student Assessment no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 28, 2022. APA Comments will be presented to the SBE on Feb. 17, 2022.