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Board of Ed. to Vote On Eliminating Redundant Courses

By Paul Boger | Published 17 Jan 2014 08:30am | comments
The Mississippi Board of Education is expected to vote today on whether to eliminate a number of stand-alone English and Math courses as part of its transition to Common Core. MPB's Paul Boger reports content being eliminated will instead be added to existing classes.
 
As full implementation of Common Core Standards becomes a reality in Mississippi, officials with the department of education have begun to pinpoint a number of stand-alone courses that will become redundant under the state's new academic requirements.
 
Vincent Segalini is in charge of aligning Mississippi's English and Language Arts standards with Common Core. He says all the eliminated classes like the American novel and Mythology will still be taught under the new system.
 
"The American Novel is really required in the grade 11 and 12 standards." said Segalini. "There is a specific standard about teaching 18th, 19th and 20th century literature; so they're going to get that there. Mythology is actually covered in the seventh grade standards. So they are going to get that same piece that they would get in that course, they are going to get that in their regular English class."
 
The Department of Education has also proposed merging classes such as Trigonometry, Statistics and Pre-Caluculs under Common core Standards. Critics believe this will force students away from careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics -- or STEM careers.
 
Trecina Green is the Associate Superintendent of Instructional Enhancement.
 
"Many more students will be exposed to kind of content through the Common Core courses, Algebra I, the Geometry as well as the Algebra II because that content is embedded throughout." said Green. "Actually students will be much more 
prepared for STEM areas as they move on to post-secondary education."
 
Common Core Standards have been fully implemented in grades K through eight statewide, while implementation in Mississippi's high schools is still in progress.

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