Legislation to review academic standards and end Common Core in Mississippi passed the Senate Education Committee Thursday, according to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.
Senate Bill 2161, sponsored by Sen. Videt Carmichael of Meridian, now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
Reeves says the bill establishes a task force comprised of educators, parents and subject matter experts to evaluate and create the highest level of standards in the nation for Mississippi.
“With this bill we can end Common Core and Mississippians can create strong academic standards that are among the highest in the nation,” Reeves said. “For too long, the system has placed low expectations on students. I believe if we set the bar high enough, Mississippi schoolchildren will sail over it.”
“I’ve spoken with parents and educators, who have too many concerns about Common Core and how it is being implemented in schools," said Carmichael. "This bill will allow more input from Mississippians into setting state standards.”
Included in the bill:
• Establish the Mississippi Commission for College and Career Readiness.
• Request the State Board of Education to limit the amount of time spent on testing.
• End relationship with Common Core and PARCC.
• Add protections for student data.