Mississippi

Teachers and School Leaders

This page includes information on school leaders and the professional qualifications of teachers. All teacher data is represented as Full Time Equivalents, or FTEs. For example, a teacher who works half a school day would be represented as 0.5 FTEs.

Total Teacher FTEs

31,364.0

This is the total number of teacher FTEs.

Experienced Teachers

Percentage of teachers with four or more years of teaching experience

Total Number

24,213.8

Number of teachers with four or more years of experience.

Experienced Teachers

77.2%

Percentage of teachers with four or more years of teaching experience

Low Poverty

82.6%

Percent of teaching staff with four or more years of experience teaching in a school with low levels of poverty.

High Poverty

71.2%

The percent of teaching staff with 4 or more years of experience in a school with high levels of poverty.

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The information is also reported by low-poverty and high-poverty school designations. A high-poverty school is one where >94% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch, while a low-poverty school is one where <63% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Provisional Teachers

Percent of teachers that hold an emergency or provisional license, a valid license to teach in Mississippi.

Total Number

2,618.2

The number of teachers who are teaching with a temporary or provisional license.

Provisional Teachers

8.4%

Percent of teachers that hold an emergency or provisional license, a valid license to teach in Mississippi.

Low Poverty

2.3%

Percent of teaching staff with a temporary or provisional license in low-poverty schools.

High Poverty

17.4%

Percent of teaching staff with a temporary or provisional license in a school with high poverty levels.

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The information is also reported by low-poverty and high-poverty school designations. A high-poverty school is one where >94% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch, while a low-poverty school is one where <63% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

In-Field Teachers

The percentage of teachers with a valid certificate and teaching a course for which they are properly endorsed.

Total Number

29,975.7

Number of teachers who are properly licensed for the subject matter they are teaching.

In-Field Teachers

95.6%

The percentage of teachers with a valid certificate and teaching a course for which they are properly endorsed.

Low Poverty

98.4%

Percent of teaching staff in a school with low levels of poverty who are properly licensed in the subject matter taught.

High Poverty

91.1%

The percentage of teaching staff in a school with high levels of poverty who are properly licensed for the subject matter they are teaching.

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The information is also reported by low-poverty and high-poverty school designations. A high-poverty school is one where >94% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch, while a low-poverty school is one where <63% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Number of Principals

Principals and assistant principals assigned to a school/district.

Total Number

1,870

The number of principals and assistant principals assigned to a school/district.

Experienced Principals

97.9%

Percent of principals and assistant principals with four or more years of experience.

Teachers and School Leaders

Experienced Teachers

  • Total Number 24,213.8
  • Percent 77.2%
  • Low Poverty Number 7,525.1
  • Low Poverty Percent 82.6%
  • High Poverty Number 71.2%
  • High Poverty Percent 71.2%

Provisional Teachers

  • Total Number 2,618.2
  • Percent 8.4%
  • Low Poverty Number 208.8
  • Low Poverty Percent 2.3%
  • High Poverty Number
  • High Poverty Percent

In-Field Teachers

  • Total Number 29,975.7
  • Percent 95.6%
  • Low Poverty Number 8,961.8
  • Low Poverty Percent 98.4%
  • High Poverty Number 91.1%
  • High Poverty Percent 91.1%

Number of Principals

  • Total Number 1,870
  • Experienced Number 1,831
  • Experienced Percent 97.9%

Mississippi Department of Education

PO Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205
(601) 359-3513

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