Mississippi state school board approves tweaks to academic standards

Mississippi’s state Board of Education unanimously adopted a series of minor changes to the state’s academic standards Thursday, in what could be a quiet end to a controversy over the Common Core-linked guidance over what students should learn.

Officials said teachers and students should notice few major changes when the revisions take effect this August.

“It’s tweaking,” said state Superintendent Carey Wright, a strong supporter of what are officially called the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards. She launched a review of the guidelines this summer after criticism by Gov. Phil Bryant and some lawmakers.