Mississippi test scores dip — as expected — in transition to Common Core

JACKSON, Mississippi — Student scores on a key state test fell in Mississippi schools in 2013-2014, a transitional year when school districts shifted teaching emphasis from old state standards to the new Common Core State Standards.

Education officials say that while school districts adjusted instruction to the new Common Core State Standards, students were still tested under the old standards.

Results released Tuesday by the Mississippi Department of Education show that scores on the Mississippi Curriculum Tests fell in almost all grades and subjects.