State Superintendent of Education 

Carey M. Wright, Ed.D.

Dr. Carey M. Wright became the State Superintendent of Education for Mississippi in 2013.  Under her leadership, Mississippi has initiated aggressive education reforms that have increased literacy skills in pre-K through the 3rd grade, pushed student achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to improve at a faster rate than most other states, and increased the graduation rate to an all-time high of 83 percent. Dr. Wright spearheaded initiatives in Mississippi that nearly doubled the Advancement Placement (AP) participation and success rate, resulted in significant annual gains in English Language Arts and Mathematics proficiency, and earned Mississippi recognition from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) as one of the top six states in the nation for providing high-quality early childhood education.

Dr. Wright previously served as the Chief Academic Officer and the Deputy Chief for the Office of Teaching and Learning for the District of Columbia Public Schools and as the Associate Superintendent for the Office of Special Education and Student Services for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.  Dr. Wright spent the majority 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.

Dr. Wright has been recognized as an outstanding educator by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Systems, nominated twice for The Washington Post Outstanding Principal Award, and awarded the Howard County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator of the Year. She is president of the Board of Directors of the Council of Chief State School Officers and is a member of Chiefs for Change.  

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


Updated March 1, 2018

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