State Education Chief Reaffirms Commitment to Common Core, Aligned Tests

Mississippi superintendent of education Carey Wright says there should be no uncertainity about the state’s committment to both common core and the PARCC tests.

“We adopted the standards in 2010. They’re very clear, they’ve been on the web since that time, we’ve been implementing them since that time,” she says. “The confusion I think is people still refer to it as a curriculum, and it’s not. They’re strictly standards. The locals develop the curriculum, the locals are responsible for all the teaching strategies.

“I look at the standards as the target and it’s up to the local jurisdictions as to how they reach those targets,” she says.