Education Dept. hosts Common Core meeting in Hattiesburg - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Education Dept. hosts Common Core meeting in Hattiesburg

Posted: Updated:
Officials with the State Dept. of Education meet with Hattiesburg residents at N.R. Burger Middle School to discuss new Common Core standards. Officials with the State Dept. of Education meet with Hattiesburg residents at N.R. Burger Middle School to discuss new Common Core standards.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The State Dept. of Education met with Hattiesburg residents Wednesday night to explain the new Common Core standards which have been adopted in Mississippi schools.

Residents got together at N.R. Burger Middle School to find out more about the standards created by the National Governor's Association and other organizations.   

Officials explained that local school districts would decide how the standards are implemented.

"The standards are just that, it's a standard of performance, but, every classroom, every school, every district determines how they're going to go about meeting those standards," said Dr. Lynn House, state superintendent of education.

"The devil is in the details when it comes to these types of mass transformations to our system," said Republican State Sen. Chris McDaniel of Laurel. "Common Core is a big change than what we've had in the past. Right now, it's prudent for us to take a look, slow down and examine it, particularly in the details," he said. 

Wednesday's meeting was part of a weeklong, statewide tour at eight locations which wraps up in Hernando Thursday. 

Copyright 2013 WDAM. All rights reserved.