Mississippi is in the process of switching to a national standard for its K-12 curriculum, meaning that Mississippi children will be learning the same lessons at the same pace as students in nearly all other states. After it's fully implemented, students in Mississippi will be tested on the same curriculum as students in Massachusetts, Virginia, Minnesota and elsewhere.
The Clinton Public School District last year switched from the Mississippi curriculum standards to Common Core in grades K-2. This year, we are making this transition in grades 3-8, and next year (2013-14) students in all grades will be taught at this level. Our teachers are doing a tremendous job in preparing for and implementing this shift, and we have already seen amazing things happening in our K-2 classrooms.
The National PTA has developed a series of guides to student success based on Common Core Standards. The guides offer clear information and expectations for what students should learn at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career. Below are links to those guides.