Common Core worries superintendent


Staff Writer

   The Grenada School District’s quality rating could suffer because students will be tested on material they haven’t reviewed, according to the district’s superintendent.  
   Grenada students, along with those throughout the state, began learning Common Core standards this year, but the scores from a completely different assessment model will be used to calculate their performance.
   That has administrators, including Superintendent Dr. David Daigneault, feeling disappointed and a little betrayed.
   “We’re going to work with this and do what we always do, which is forge ahead, because we simply have no choice,” said Daigneault at the meeting of the Grenada School Board on Tuesday.
   Daigneault briefed the board on what he called the bewildering decision by the Mississippi Department of Education, which was following instructions from the U.S. Department of Education.
   The MDE told school districts last year that it would freeze, or carry over their quality ratings from the previous year while teachers began the transition to new learning standards known as Common Core.
   Simply put, Common Core is a different way of learning and teaching. The standards are designed to promote, flexible, critical thinking in mathematics and language arts and to discourage students from following rigid patterns of rote memorization.

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