Common Core State Standards

To access the 2014 Mississippi College & Career Readiness Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, please click one of the links below:



What is the Common Core?

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The Standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the
future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative is a state-led effort to establish a shared set of clear educational standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. These Standards have been created by the best available evidence and the highest state standards across the country and globe.

Why A Common Core?

1. Common Standards will help ensure students are receiving a high-quality education consistently from school to school and state to state.
2. We need college and career-ready standards. Data shows that, even in high performing states, students are graduating and passing all the required tests, but still require remediation in their post-secondary work.
3. We need students prepared to move from our colleges and universities into the workplace and ready to compete in the emerging global marketplace.

How Was the Common Core Developed?

The development of the Standards was coordinated by the National Governors’ Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, researchers, and experts. These designers made careful use of a large and growing body of evidence that included scholarly research; surveys on what skills are required of students entering college and workforce training programs; assessment data identifying college and career-ready performance; and comparisons to standards from high-performing states and nations.

Who is involved in Common Core?

Mississippi is one of forty-five states in the United States that have adopted the Common Core State Standards.

Strengths of the New Common Core

1. Aligned with expectations for College and Career Readiness
2. Developed to provide consistency from state to state
3. Included both content and application of knowledge through high-order skills
4. Designed to address the math skills needed by students to succeed in the global economy and society.

What About the State Assessments?

Mississippi is a part of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  PARCC is a consortium of 23 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support.

PARCC received an $186 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top assessment competition to support the development and design of the next-generation assessment system.

Mississippi’s state assessments, developed by PARCC, will be implemented in 2014-2015 to correspond with the Common Core State Standards.

What Do Parents Need to Know?

Parent Information Pamphlets

The following information came from the above web site.

Common Core Standards
Parent Information Pamphlets

These “Parents Guide to Student Success” pamphlets are available by grade level for grades K-8 and for high school. The pamphlets provide an overview of what a child will learn in mathematics and English language arts/literacy at each grade level.  The pamphlets are available in English and Spanish for download and distribution.

English Spanish
Kindergarten Kindergarten
1st Grade 1er Grado
2nd Grade 2do Grado
3rd Grade 3er Grado
4th Grade 4to Grado
5th Grade 5to Grado
6th Grade 6to Grado
7th Grade 7mo Grado
8th Grade 8vo Grado
High School English Inglés En La Escuela Preparatoria
High School Math Matemática En La Escuela Preparatoria