Carey M. Wright

Friday, August 07, 2020
10:45am EDT

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"What Has Worked in Reforming Mississippi's Education System"

Carey M. Wright has served as State Superintendent of Education for Mississippi since 2013. Under her leadership, Mississippi has initiated aggressive education reforms that have resulted in unprecedented academic success and rising student achievement — work that Wright will share to close a week on “Rebuilding Public Education.”

Wright spearheaded initiatives in Mississippi that pushed student achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress to improve at a faster rate than most other states, nearly doubled the Advancement Placement participation and success rate, more than tripled the number of school districts with more than 45 percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in English Language Arts and Mathematics, and pushed Mississippi’s graduation rate to an all-time high of 84 percent. Wright also implemented Mississippi’s first publicly funded Early Learning Collaborative program.

Prior to her appointment as State Superintendent for Mississippi, Wright served as chief academic officer and the deputy chief for the Office of Teaching and Learning for the District of Columbia Public Schools and as a consultant to the Harvard Business School Public Education Leadership Project. Wright previously served as associate superintendent for the Office of Special Education and Student Services for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland and spent the earlier part of her career in Howard County Public Schools as a teacher, a principal, and the director of Special Education and Student Services. She began her career as a teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland.

Wright has been recognized as an outstanding educator by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Systems, nominated twice for The Washington Post’s Outstanding Principal Award, and awarded the Howard County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator of the Year.

Wright obtained her bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park.