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Review of updated proposed standards - deadline March 4

by Julie Knernschield | Feb 26, 2016

DESE request for assistance:

At the State Board of Education meeting last week, staff presented updated proposed Missouri Learning Standards for English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies based on the standards from the work groups. They are now down to the wire and are doing all they can to ensure that the proposed standards are designed to better prepare Missouri students for college, the workforce and life. The State Board is expected to vote at their board meeting on March 15, 2016. 

Things you should know:

  • The proposed standards include changes from our current standards in all four content areas, i.e. the Common Core State Standards are not being recommended in English language arts and mathematics. 
  • Revisions were made in accordance with state statute. The Department's attempt to get input from stakeholders went above and beyond the dictates of state statute.
  • Upon receipt of the work group recommendations, Department staff made necessary alignment and formatting changes drawn from the 3,000 comments received from educators, the public, the Joint Committee on Education and academic researchers. 

Request for assistance:

The Department is requesting that you ask your staff to review the proposed standards this week. If concerns are identified, please provide specific recommendations for rectifying. Comments may be sent to 1490Comments@dese.mo.gov by Friday, March 4. The proposed standards are posted here: https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/ProposedStandardsFeb2016.pdf. You will be linked first to the board presentation for an overview; the proposed standards follow in their entirety.

Feel free to contact Blaine Henningsen at blaine.henningsen@dese.mo.gov if you have any questions.