Analysis of Mississippi Public Schools’ Actions to COVID-19 Response in Spring 2020 as it Related to Delivery of Instruction and Grades

Mississippi Public Schools’ Actions to COVID-19 Response


  • Lindon Ratliff Mississippi state university
  • Kellie Fondren
  • Brecken Rush


On March 11, 2020 the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the state of Mississippi.  Within five days, every public school in Mississippi had shut down.  Over the next three months school districts either attempted online, hybrid or packet pickup across the state.  While the educators are commended for their rapid transition during a Pandemic, some questions have emerged.  Specifically what types of instructional delivery was chosen by the different school districts.  In addition, what types of communication was used to assist parents?  How did the school districts handle grades and reporting of academic progress?  

The purpose of the present study was to examine if a relationship existed between school rankings, funding per pupil and percentage of veteran teachers and the delivery methods chosen (online, hybrid, packet).  In addition, how did various school districts across the state determine final grade calculations for all of their students?  While the events surrounding 2020 were unique to this century, understanding and recording how public schools reacted can gain insight into their actions for future events.     The sample for this study consisted of 144 public school districts in Mississippi.  Results indicate a significant relationship between funding, teacher experiences, and level of communication in students’ academic performance.

Author Biographies

Kellie Fondren

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Brecken Rush

Instructor of Special Education, Mississippi State University