State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carey Wright posted a letter to educators on the Mississippi Department of Education’s website after the board of education voted Friday to withdraw from the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) consortium, which developed the English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments aligned to Mississippi’s College-and Career-Ready Standards.

Wright said, “I am writing this letter to assure you that this decision does not change anything you are doing in your classrooms.

“The board remains fully and unequivocally committed to Mississippi’s College-and Career-Ready Standards. You have been implementing these higher standards in your classrooms and should absolutely continue to do so,” said Wright.

Wright went on to state that the PARCC assessment will be the statewide assessment for the 2014-15 year and will be used to indicate accountability results.

“The Mississippi Department of Education will purchase a new assessment which will be administered in the 2015-16 school year. The new assessment will be selected through an open, competitive bid process. The assessment that is chosen will be aligned to Mississippi’ College and Career-Ready Standards,” she said.

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