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State school board approves tweaks to academic standards

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

The board voted unanimously Thursday to make the changes, which will take effect this August. Officials say teachers and students should notice few major changes.

State Superintendent Carey Wright, a strong supporter of what are officially called the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards, launched a review of the guidelines after criticism by Gov. Phil Bryant and some lawmakers.

The standards are intended to help students keep pace with national peers, learning more analytically and less by memorization. Opponents say Common Core is flawed and Mississippi adopted the standards only under inappropriate federal pressure.


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