Mississippi First works to raise awareness of the importance of the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards, dispel common myths about the standards, and advocate for high-quality implementation of the standards.

In order for Mississippi students to be successful after graduation, we must prepare our students for the next step every year they are in school. By giving teachers clear college- and career-ready benchmarks, the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards are essential in making sure our students have access to the knowledge and skills required for the future. Mississippi First chooses the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards because we choose excellence in education.

Choose Excellence is a campaign dedicated to supporting the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards.

If you are interested in learning more about how to support the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards, contact Angela at angela@mississippifirst.org.

Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards

  • Are grade-specific learning benchmarks in math and literacy that build on each other, step-by-step, grade level to grade level.
  • Connect curriculum to skills needed in the modern workplace, such as problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and creativity.
  • Create the same expectations for every student, which allows parents to understand exactly where their student stands at every grade level.
  • Are college- and career-ready standards, meaning they prepare every student for what lies beyond graduation.

Additional Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards Resources

Common Core Blog Posts

Educator Leadership Council Standards Feedback

September 8, 2015 by MacKenzie Stroh
Mississippi First recognized the need for educators to be engaged in education policy and have a greater voice in the standards/testing debate and in education policy decisions in general. This summer, MSF created the Educator Leadership Council to fulfill this need. We have convened experienced and...

Governor Bryant Vetoes SB 2161

April 24, 2015 by MacKenzie Stroh
Yesterday, Governor Bryant vetoed Senate Bill 2161. To learn more about SB 2161, read our most recent blog post, “Senate Bill 2161: What does it mean for educational standards in Mississippi?” By the Governor vetoing the bill, the Commission will not be created, and the...

Senate Bill 2161: What does it mean for educational standards in Mississippi? [Updated]

April 6, 2015 by MacKenzie Stroh
What is next for SB 2161? Today, SB2161 is waiting to be signed by the Governor. If the Governor does not sign the bill, it will still become law because Mississippi does not have a pocket veto. The only way SB 2161 would not become...

Mississippi First Responds to Calls to Abandon Common Core

December 4, 2014 by MacKenzie Stroh
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...