Debate Over Common Core Standards Continues

While schools across Mississippi and 44 other states have officially started to work with the Common Core Standards this year, the public debate over them continues to rage on.

After two years of slowly weaving the Common Core Standards into the curriculum and officially full-force since August, Angie Quinn, director of instruction for the Pontotoc City school district, is cautiously optimistic for her teachers.

“We feel like we have some spots of success and those who are more frustrated are looking to those for guidance,” Quinn said.

At a recent Education Symposium in Tupelo, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves admitted that raising the bar isn’t all smooth sailing. Already some parents are complaining that their children are experiencing difficulties, especially with the new math standards.

“You are going to continue to hear stories of kids who perhaps had not struggled in the past [but] that are struggling now. That’s because we are raising the standards, we are making it more difficult. I’m convinced that over time Mississippi kids will rise up and meet those increased level of expectations,” Reeves said.

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