Miss. State Superintendent Addresses Common Core Concerns

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright is traveling across Mississippi all week to meet with other superintendents around the state. She spoke in a press conference after a meeting at MSU-Meridian on several recent issues related to education, focusing mainly on the controversy surrounding Common Core Standards, which require Mississippi students to take the same tests as students in other states that have also adopted Common Core.. Dr. Wright says despite recent criticisms of its implementation, she believes Common Core will be a big benefit for Mississippi.

"I really do believe this can be a game-changer for Mississippi because I think if we start with these rigorous standards in kindergarten and they keep progressing all the way through grade 12, they're going to be a much stronger, highly-competitive student," Dr. Wright says. "Our students are going to competing not only with students in our state, but nationally and globally."

Dr. Wright says she thinks there has been a lot of misinformation about what Common Core is. She encourages parents to search for themselves to discover more about the new standards for students.

The superintendent says the best way for parents to get involved is by learning as much as possible, and there are plenty of resources for them to do so.

You can visit websites like www.corestandards.org to download and read the exact standards for each individual subject.

"We're trying to get as much information out there as we possibly can because I think if parents are more informed about what they are and what they aren't, they'll be less pushed back," Dr. Wright explains. "So that's one thing that's very important to us, to make sure that they absolutely understand what they are."