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Forums on Common Core Standards Take Place Around State

By Paul Boger | Published 20 Aug 2013 09:27am | comments

Common Core Standards will officially take effect in Mississippi schools in 2014, while some schools are already implementing the new standards this year -- public meetings are being held statewide to discuss the new requirements.

 Interim State Superintendent of Education Lynn House is traveling to seven locations around the state to conduct public forums that will discuss the adoption of Common Core Standards. She says the objective of these public meetings is to raise awareness of what Common Core Standards are and how they will affect Mississippi schools.

 "We hope that parents and community members, who may not have been in any training sessions, who have not barely even heard the words common core really get a sense of what it's all about. What we here in Mississippi went through to adopt the standard, and what they really mean for our state." said House

 Common Core Standards are a set of requirements for grades K-12 that set clear cut education goals in both Math and English. Senator David Blount is a member of the Senate's education committee. He says the process of implementing Common Core Standards has been hard work, but necessary to improve the state's standing in education.

 ”Well, it's challenging. I mean, the curriculum that will result from this is going to be tougher. It's a lot of work. Our teachers, principles and superintendents are doing a lot of work, but it's important work that's necessary if we're going to raise standards here in Mississippi." said Blount

 Lastly, House stressed that these meetings are a way for the Department of Education to communicate with parents across the state. She says parents may have to play a more active role in their child's education process

 ”We also hope that we will really encourage parents to get involved in their children's education. Perhaps even more then they are doing right now. So, they will get a better understanding of what's going on in the classroom of their children as they progress towards mastering these standards." said House.

 Meetings are scheduled to take place around the state through August 29th. View meeting dates and locations here.








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