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90.3 WBHM New national Common Core education standards are designed to create better critical thinkers. To achieve this, students in 45 states across the country can expect to be writing a lot more than they do now. Which may turn out to be a formidable challenge here in the South. In the final part of our Southern Education Desk series on Common Core, Annie Gilbertson reports that new writing standards are an especially tall order for Mississippi, where both students and adults trail far behind their peers nationally in literacy and language arts.

Want to know whether your state's current education standards are inferior or superior to the Common Core standards? Click here for a map.

~ Annie Gilbertson, April 10, 2013

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