College and Career Ready Definitions
Mississippi has not adopted or made available a definition of college and career readiness.
Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Participation in advanced course work, including AP or IB classes or dual enrollment
  • Performance in advanced course work, including AP or IB exams and dual enrollment course grades
  • Performance on college entry exams such as SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS
  • Career preparedness participation, including completing career and technical education classes or WorkKeys assessments and participating in job training
  • Career preparedness performance, including earning credentials or certificates, performance on WorkKeys, and grades in career and technical education courses
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/news/2016/05/19/137455...
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
Report Card1
EOC assessments1
Attendance rate1
Five-year graduation rate1
1. Mississippi Department of Education. (2016). MS report card. Retrieved from  http://reports.mde.k12.ms.us/
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation
Mississippi allows students to earn dual credit in academic and/or CTE dual-enrollment courses at their high school, postsecondary institution, or online. Public postsecondary institutions are not required to accept these credits (Education Commission of the States, 2015).

Early College High School
The Gateway to College National Network established one Early College High School as part of the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.).

Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from http://www.jff.org/initiatives/early-college-designs/schools

Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from http://ecs.force.com/mbdata/mbprofallRT?Rep=DE14A

Career Pathways

Mississippi organizes its secondary CTE programs into the following 14 Career Clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources 
  • Architecture & Construction 
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications 
  • Business, Management & Administration 
  • Education & Training 
  • Finance 
  • Health Science 
  • Hospitality & Tourism 
  • Human Services 
  • Information Technology 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Marketing 
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics 
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Minnesota also offers programs of study aligned with these 14 Career Clusters.


National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). Mississippi [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from http://careertech.org/Mississippi

Career Exploration and Career Plans

Mississippi does not have a statewide system for career exploration or career plans at the K–12 level.

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:

4.0 (including Algebra I)

3.0 (Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II)

Social Studies Credits:

4.0 (world history [1.0], United States history [1.0], geography [0.5], United States government [0.5], economics [0.5], and Mississippi studies [0.5])

3.0 (United States history [1.0], world history [1.0], government [0.5], and economics or geography [0.5])

Science Credits:

4.0 (including biology)

3.0 (physical science and two with laboratory experience. All courses from among biology, advanced biology, chemistry, advanced chemistry, physics, and advanced physics.)

Foreign Language Credits:

None specified (N/S)

See Additional Credits

Arts Credits:



Additional Credits:

7.0 (health and physical education [1.0], business and technology [1.0], and electives [5.0])

2.5 (computer applications [0.5]; from among foreign language, world geography, fourth-year laboratory-based science, fourth-year mathematics [2.0])

Total Credits:




Mississippi Subject Area Testing Program

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


GEAR UP Mississippi

Mississippi Public Universities





Early Warning Systems

Mississippi may have a state-specific Early Warning System, but the system is not publicly available.