Lamar County School District is changing almost everything about the way it teaches its ninth- and 10th-graders in the 2013-14 school year.
In 2014-15, the changes will affect 11th- and 12th-graders, too.
The changes come as the result of the district receiving a $50,000 Excellence for All grant from the Mississippi Department of Education to start programs that use more rigorous curriculum and tougher assessments.
Lamar County School District Superintendent Ben Burnett says beginning with the upcoming school year, the district will teach ACT Quality Core courses to ninth- and 10th-graders - ACT being the same company that sponsors the ACT college test.
Training for Lamar County School District teachers in the ACT Quality Core courses begins in May.