Common Core in Mississippi:
Common Core State Standards

Mississippi has implemented the Common Core into its curriculum one grade at a time beginning with kindergarten. Mississippi postsecondary institutions are involved in developing P-20 databases for the state and are advising on the implementation of PARCC assessments.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

Though Mississippi has not written its own curriculum frameworks, the state is directing its schools to materials published by Achieve, Inc., one of the key advisers on the Common Core.

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is not a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Common Core Legislation

In April 2013, a bill passed the Mississippi legislature requiring charter schools to administer PARCC assessments.


SB 2736 would have prohibited the state board from implementing the Common Core. The bill did not make it out of the Senate Education Committee.


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Mississippi

Senator Watson
Opposes CC

Senator Hill
Opposes CC

Representative Moore
Supports CC

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Updated: 5/26/2014