ERIC Number: ED252608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
An Opportunity for Excellence: The Education Reform Act of 1982; Summary. A Report of the Task Force for Educational Excellence in Mississippi.
Mississippi State Dept. of Education, Jackson.
This booklet summarizes a longer report on implementing the Mississippi Education Reform Act of 1982, a comprehensive strategy for the improvement of public education in the State. The document explains significant laws and programs established to address problems in four areas: (1) student achievement; (2) preparation and professional growth of school teachers, administrators, and other professionals; (3) local school management; and (4) school governance, leadership, and finance. It describes such newly established policies and programs as a statewide kindergarten requirement, the Mississippi Compulsory Attendance Law, a reform of the process and standards for teacher certification, and a performance-based school accreditation system. It also discusses two reforms at the level of State government: the making of the State School Board into an appointed body, and clarification of the State's educational policy (which is here outlined). The booklet concludes with a brief discussion on financing the Reform Act, a call for concerted, informed leadership, and graphic representations of some of the material presented earlier. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Phil Hardin Foundation, Meridian, MS.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Dept. of Education, Jackson.