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31 Mississippi Public High Schools Announced as Pilots for ACT Supports with Jumpstart Test Prep

Jumpstart Test Prep, in partnership with  the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), through the Office of Secondary Education,  announces today the selection of 31 Mississippi High Schools that will implement a legislatively funded test prep program for current juniors preparing for the state mandated ACT® exam administered during the spring 2021. The pilot program is funded through a $175,000 allocation from the Mississippi legislature and will support approximately 4,100 juniors in improving their ACT test scores during the 2020-2021 school year.

The goal of the 2020-2021 Mississippi legislative pilot is to assist teachers at the selected high schools with improving ACT composite English sub-score averages, as well as gain feedback and improvement results from schools awarded the review course pilot.   Prior year pilots have produced discernible and consistent improvement at the individual school and global analysis levels, with improvements consistently seen across student demographics (race, gender, academic strength) and school rating.   The schools selected for this pilot year and the number of estimated juniors that will be impacted by this program are included in the table below.

To view the complete news release on this program year and learn more about testimonies from previous pilot schools, please visit is an online source covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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