Meridian Star

August 18, 2013

Interim state superintendent of education to visit Meridian Wednesday

By Ida Brown /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Interim State Superintendent of Education Dr. Lynn House will be in Meridian Wednesday as part of the statewide tour “Mississippi’s Road to Rigorous College – and Career – Ready Standards."

    The Mississippi Department of Education, in partnership with the Mississippi Parent-Teacher Association and the Mississippi Library Commission, is launching a series of public meetings around the state to inform parents and community members about Mississippi’s college- and career-ready standards. House will provide information about the Common Core State Standards and answer questions from the public. The Wednesday meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Meridian High School.

    “The purpose of these meetings is to share the facts about the more rigorous standards that set goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level," House said.

    "As districts continue to move forward with full implementation of these standards, we want to help parents understand what their children will be doing in school and how they can help them succeed,” she said.

    Adopted by the Mississippi Board of Education in 2010, the Common Core State Standards are a set of goals that outline what students should be able to know and do in each grade in reading/language arts and mathematics. The goal of the MDE remains for every child to be proficient in academic performance, regardless of race, disability or socioeconomic status.

    According to the MDE website, students will learn the skills and abilities demanded by the workforce of today and the future. The standards emphasize critical thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills, and are grounded in college and career readiness.

    Development of CCSS began through the work of higher education officials, employers, and the best research available to determine what students need to be college and career ready. In May, the Mississippi Board of Education set a state accountability and assessment transitional timeline. 

    Standards were developed for each grade level to prepare students to meet expectations by graduation. These standards lead to proficiency in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12.    

    Meridian is one of eight public school districts included in the statewide “Mississippi’s Road to Rigorous College – and Career – Ready Standards" tour. The sessions will last 90 minutes.

    "We are excited that Dr. House will be in Meridian to share her vision for Mississippi in regard to the standards that will help ensure our students are ready for college and career," said Meridian Public School District Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor.

    Other tour sites are Jackson, Oxford, Cleveland, Natchez, Biloxi, Hattiesburg and Hernando.