Work groups made up of parents and educators have made their proposals for new Missouri Learning Standards. The public, legislators, educators and academic researchers have given their feedback. Now it’s time for the State Board of Education to take action on the standards.
The Department received more than 3,600 comments on the drafts and staff considered the feedback for incorporation into the proposed standards. These are truly Missouri standards – by Missourians, for Missouri schools.
The State Board of Education has the final say on learning standards. The Board is scheduled to take action on the proposed standards at its April meeting. Once the new standards are approved, implementation will begin in Missouri classrooms during the 2016-17 school year. That’s not the end of the story, though.
The Department will also develop new assessments to measure how well Missouri students are learning based on the new standards. Test development is a major undertaking and requires great care, so new math and English language arts tests will not be available until spring 2018.
The Department appreciates the time and effort that Missourians committed to developing and reviewing standards and offering feedback during this process. We are confident that the new standards – and the tests to measure learning – will help kids across Missouri prepare for a bright, successful future.