MDE to host Common Core forums

Education stockBy Chris Kieffer
Daily Journal

The Mississippi Department of Education will host a series of public meetings this month to provide more information on the Common Core State Standards.

Among the eight sessions will be one in Oxford on Aug. 20. It will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lafayette County/Oxford Public Library.

The standards are guidelines developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers that were adopted by 45 states, including Mississippi. They are intended to better develop skills students need for college and careers and are designed to emphasize more critical thinking and collaboration, as well as reading and writing in all subjects.

Mississippi students will begin to be tested on the new standards during the 2014-15 school year, and many schools have begun implementing them into their curricula.

The public forums are intended to provide information about the standards and to answer questions people may have.

“The purpose of these meetings is to share the facts about the more rigorous standards that set goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level,” said Interim State Superintendent of Education Lynn House.

“As districts continue to move forward with full implementation of these standards, we want to help parents understand what their children will be doing in school and how they can help them succeed.”

The Mississippi Parent-Teacher Association and the Mississippi Library Commission are partnering with the MDE to hold the forums.

Other locations include Jackson, Meridian, Cleveland, Natchez, Biloxi, Hattiesburg and Hernando.

chris.kieffer@journalinc.com