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2019-2020 Mississippi Pilot ACT® Research

The Mississippi Department of Education, through the Office of Secondary Education, is pleased to announce that the Mississippi Legislature has appropriated $150,000 for Jumpstart Test Prep’s Complete Science and Reading Review courses to help prepare 2,550 Mississippi 11th grade public school students prior to mandatory ACT testing in February 2020.

Jumpstart Test Prep’s complete science and reading prep review courses were developed by Mississippi’s 19-year STAR teacher, and STAR teacher hall-of-fame inductee, Dot McClendon. This program leverages her 40+ years of experience helping students perform their best on the ACT exam. The program provides the following resources for students and teachers:

  • Expert content review and practice, along with test taking tips and strategies delivered in the classroom via streaming video
  • Online, on-demand review (8 total modules, each approximately 45 minutes in duration) providing realistic timed practice for the ACT science and reading sections that can be led from the classroom or used individually by students through May 2020
  • Consumable student workbooks (Science – 83 pages, Reading – 40 pages) to be completed as lecture content is watched and later used as a student study guide
  • Administrator dashboard reflecting the video module completion progress of teachers assigned to proctor the review and/or individual student progress
  • On-demand support

The goal of the 2019-2020 Mississippi legislative pilot is to help selected high schools improve ACT composite science and reading sub-score averages and gain feedback and improvement results from schools awarded the review course pilot.

All high schools interested in applying for the legislative pilot of the Jumpstart Test Prep Complete Science and Reading Reviews for the 2019-2020 school year must complete the attached application and return it to Sha Walker of Jumpstart Test Prep at by noon on Friday, August 16, 2019. Please note that appropriated funds will cover all costs for 2,550 students and will be awarded to selected high schools that agree to pilot this program with all enrolled juniors immediately prior to ACT state testing as prescribed. Jumpstart Test Prep will provide free student workbook delivery with school faculty orientation and training meeting. A cross section of schools will be selected to ensure representation across several demographics (i.e. geographic, gender, school rating, ethnic make-up, free/reduced lunch indicators, etc.).

Jumpstart Test Prep will meet to discuss our program and improvement data with any interested district or school, regardless of their selection for this pilot. For more information regarding the Jumpstart Test Prep review program, email