State Superintendent Carey Wright Responds to 2013 Quality Counts Report

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Department of Education

JACKSON, Miss. – "I view the results as motivation to stay the course in improving education in this state.

Mississippi received an "A" in accountability, assessments and standards. I believe this grade validates the work of the Mississippi Board of Education, Mississippi Department of Education and legislative and elected leaders over the last few years to increase accountability and to challenge students academically through the adoption and implementation of Common Core State Standards.

At the other end of the spectrum, the state received an "F" in the subcategory of state spending and in overall K-12 achievement. While we must fund education at a level that helps our schools meet higher standards, money isn't the sole answer to improving education. It will take the collective will of the state to focus efforts on student achievement.

We have an historic opportunity to chart a new course for our students. We must forge ahead with supporting higher expectations for our students, providing technical assistance and professional development to our teachers and school leaders, and working together to offer all of our students the education they deserve."