Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves praised the state Board of Education for voting to withdraw from PARCC assessments today.

In a December speech, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves called for the state to end Common Core and create its own set of high academic standards for students. He proposed this session creating a task force of administrators, teachers, parents and subject matter experts to craft Mississippi standards for college and career preparation, and he supports more rigorous assessments aligned to these standards.

“I appreciate the state Board of Education withdrawing the state from PARCC,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “Mississippi needs to develop the highest set of standards for our kids while ensuring rigorous student testing at the best price for taxpayers.”