Before the Common Core State Standards had been fully implemented in Mississippi and the first test gauging the results administered, Gov. Phil Bryant labeled the standards “a failed program.”
It was an obviously premature declaration based more on political currents than on any objective analysis of the standards’ effectiveness.
Thankfully, the chairmen of the Senate and House education committees aren’t ready to be politically stampeded. Sen. Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, and Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, both told the Daily Journal last week that they don’t see any big changes to Common Core in the 2015 legislative session, which begins in January. Both said there might be a tweak here or there, but nothing major.