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State superintendent talking Common Core

NATCHEZ — The interim Mississippi superintendent of education is expected to visit Natchez Monday to discuss new state educational standards and answer questions from the public.

Lynn House will be at the Natchez High School gymnasium from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday as part of a series of public meetings around the state to inform parents and community members about Common Core State Standards and Mississippi’s college- and career-ready standards.

“The purpose of these meetings is to share the facts about the more rigorous standards that set goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level,” House said in a press release. “As districts continue to move forward with full implementation of these standards, we want to help parents understand what their children will be doing in school and how they can help them succeed.”

Mississippi adopted the standards, which are a set of nationally adopted standards, in 2010 with the goal of having them fully implemented in kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and math by the 2013-2014 school year.

The new standards are expected to be more rigorous and provide a consistent clear understanding of what students are expected to learn.