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2020-2021 Mississippi Pilot ACT® Research

The Mississippi Department of Education, through the Office of Secondary Education, is pleased to announce that the Mississippi Legislature has made appropriation for Jumpstart Test Prep’s Complete English Review course to help prepare 3,500 Mississippi 11th grade public school students prior to mandatory ACT® testing in February 2021.

Jumpstart Test Prep’s complete English prep review course was 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 40 minutes in duration) providing realistic timed practice for the ACT® English section that can be led from the classroom or used individually (online, on-demand) by students through May 2021
  • Consumable student workbooks 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 2020-2021 Mississippi legislative pilot is to help selected high schools improve ACT composite English 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 English Review for the 2020-2021 school year must complete the attached application and return it to Sha Walker of Jumpstart Test Prep at by noon on Friday, September 18, 2020. Please note that appropriated funds will cover all costs 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