MSF Releases New Pre-K Report about Mississippi

The report link is being updated as corrections are submitted. Due to weather closing the office we have had to delay the release of the data and full summary report until next week. Updated: 3/6/2015 Mississippi First announces the release of their ground-breaking report titled, The…

What Common Core has in Common with Broccoli

On January 25, 2015 this editorial ran in the Clarion-Ledger.  By: Rachel Canter I have never seen someone gag as hard as our daughter did the first time we tried to feed her green vegetables. After successfully introducing fruit purees, sweet potatoes, and squash, we tried…

State Superintendent sends letter to all MS School Districts

Last week, State Superintendent of Education, Carey Wright, sent a letter to all school districts in Mississippi. The letter explained how withdrawing from the PARCC consortium will not impact what is happening in teacher’s classrooms. To read the letter in its entirety, click here.

More Answers about Mississippi’s Withdrawal from PARCC

We have received a few more questions concerning test administration for Mississippi, due to the State Board’s decision to leave the PARCC Consortium. Below, we explain how this decision will impact third grade retention decisions. Because the PARCC test would be in its first year…

Mississippi Withdraws from PARCC

Mississippi withdraws from PARCC; what does this mean? This morning, the State Board of Education voted to withdraw from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Testing Consortium, a group of states that worked together to develop a Common Core-aligned test….

Mississippi First Responds to Calls to Abandon Common Core

Mississippi First has been following the development of the Common Core State Standards since 2009. We advocated that the State Board of Education adopt Common Core in 2010 based on the knowledge that the standards were clearer, higher, and better than the abysmal standards Mississippi…

MSF releases Charter School Media Toolkit

This week, Mississippi First released a 22-page Charter School Media Toolkit. This toolkit was created by Mississippi First to help local media better understand charter schools in the state. The toolkit outlines the history of charter schools in Mississippi, information about the Mississippi Charter School…

Common Ground for Common Core

Mississippi First and interns from Mississippi State University, Millsaps, Tougaloo, and the University of Mississippi will be hosting “Common Ground for Common Core,” an event that will inform the public about the importance of higher standards for our students. The event will be held at…

MSF Continues to #ChooseExcellence: A Response to the Governor

On June 20, Governor Phil Bryant made news with a reversal of position on the Common Core State Standards. Calling the standards “a failed program,” Governor Bryant expressed dissatisfaction with the standards and indicated that he thought Mississippi might follow in the footsteps of other…